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Mario Livio

Originally posted October 2005

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved

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Symmetry, as an advanced mathematical concept, forms the basis of our understanding of all kinds of everyday phenomena, including not just art and music but biology, male-female relationships, and even the Rubik's Cube. And the language of symmetry is contained in an equation that stumped the world's most brilliant mathematicians for generations. Now astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio tells the story of how the mystery ended, in his book The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved.

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Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist and the Head of the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book about mathematics and art for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved, and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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