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Dr. Mario Livio, internationally known author and astrophysicist, will talk about mistakes made by some of the world’s greatest scientists during an event at Black Hills State University Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall.
Dr. Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist, bestselling author and lecturer, will talk about the major mistakes made by five scientific giants during a presentation at Black Hills State University Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Livio will discuss his most recent book “Brilliant Blunders” which focuses on the mistakes made by great scientists including Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Lord Kelvin, and explains the role these blunders play in scientific process. Livio’s talk is sponsored by the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. He joined the Institute in 1991 as head of the Archive Branch, and also served as the head of the Institute’s Science Division. He completed his undergraduate studies in physics and mathematics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He earned his master’s in theoretical particle physics from the Weizmann Institute and his doctorate in theoretical astrophysics from Tel-Aviv University. He was a professor of physics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology from 1981-1991.

Born in Romania in 1945, he immigrated to Israel with his grandparents when he was 5. A love for astrophysics somehow emerged and persisted with a special interest in the accretion of mass by black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs. In the past decade, Livio has focused on the topics of supernova explosions. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and five books that also mix his interest in art.

The series was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. Young expressed her desire to host controversial, stimulating, and enlivening speakers at BHSU. It was initiated at the University in 1987 with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Other Madeline Young Speakers have included: Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England’s Archbishop of Canterbury; Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors; Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; and Lech Walesa, former Polish president.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Madeline Young Speaker Series contact Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement, at 605-642-6385 or Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.