Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Author Mario Livio Duration: 6:49:38 Narrator Arthur Morey Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—as he explores our innate desire to know why.

Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation—where they can know only one side of the dialogue—than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation?

In the ever-fascinating Why? Mario Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. He examined the lives of two of history’s most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects?

Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels. It is essential to other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity.

Mario Livio—an astrophysicist who has written about mathematics, biology, and now psychology and neuroscience—explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.

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  • Why 01 Open

    Duration: 21s

  • Why 02 Preface

    Duration: 05min

  • Why 03 Chapter01

    Duration: 25min

  • Why 04 Chapter02

    Duration: 50min

  • Why 05 Chapter03

    Duration: 38min

  • Why 06 Chapter04

    Duration: 45min

  • Why 07 Chapter05

    Duration: 33min

  • Why 08 Chapter06

    Duration: 48min

  • Why 09 Chapter07

    Duration: 35min

  • Why 10 Chapter08

    Duration: 01h04min

  • Why 11 Chapter09

    Duration: 43min

  • Why 12 Epilogue

    Duration: 17min

  • Why 13 Credits

    Duration: 35s