Professor to deliver annual memorial lecture April 23
Mario Livio, astrophysicist and award-winning author, will present the
annual Kirkland/Spizuoco Memorial Science Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 23 at
The annual lecture, free and open to the public, is
in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The program’s title is “The Greatest Discoveries of the
Hubble Space Telescope.”
The lecture is held in memory of
Dr. Gordon L. Kirkland Jr. and Dr. Joseph Spizuoco, who both died in 1999. The
series was started to honor the two long-time faculty members for their
dedication and commitment to Shippensburg students and to their academic fields
of biology and physics, respectively.
is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. He
has a love for astrophysics, with a special interest in the accretion of mass
by black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. In the past decade, Livio
focused on supernova explosions and their use in cosmology to determine the
rate of expansion of the universe, on the nature of “dark energy,” on formation
of black holes and the possibility to extract energy from them, on formation of
planets in disks around young stars, and on the emergence of intelligent life
in the universe.
addition to his scientific interests, he is a self-proclaimed ‘art fanatic’ who
owns hundreds of art books. In recent years, he combined his passions for
science and art in numerous books including Accelerating
Universe, The Golden Ratio, The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved and
Is God A Mathematician? The Golden Ratio won the Peano Prize in
2003 and the International Pythagoras Prize in 2004 as the best popular book on
latest work is Brilliant Blunders: From
Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists
That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe which shows how even these
geniuses made major mistakes and how their errors were an essential part of the
process of achieving scientific breakthroughs.
who has published more than 400 scientific papers, is interviewed often in the
media, including appearances on 60 Minutes.
more in formation, call 477-1738.