Mysteries of deep space to be uncovered in public lecture

Mysteries of deep space to be uncovered in public lecture

Mathematicians, physical scientists, biologists, and all those who appreciate fine art are invited to attend a fascinating lecture being held in Aberdeen next week (Thursday, May 19).

Dr Mario Livio, a senior astrophysicist and former Head of Science Division at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSCI), the institute which conducts the scientific programme of the Hubble Space Telescope, is giving an insight into deep space at the University of Aberdeen.

The Golden Ratio is part of the College of Physical Sciences Lecture Series 2004-2005 and is the first lecture in the series which is open to the general public.

Dr Livio has published more than 200 scientific papers and his interests span a broad range of topics in astrophysics, from cosmology to the emergence of intelligent life.

John Parnell, Personal Professor, School of Geosciences, at the University of Aberdeen, said: "Dr Livio’s career in physics has come via a long and winding path. A love for astrophysics emerged and persisted, with a special interest in the accretion of mass by black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs, as well as on the formation of black holes and the possibility to extract energy from them.

“His research of fundamental theories of the Universe has made major contributions to the field of astrophysics. His visit to the University of Aberdeen to deliver The Golden Ratio lecture represents an exciting opportunity to hear an acknowledged, world expert describe his research."

In addition to his scientific interests, Dr Livio is a self-proclaimed 'art fanatic' who owns thousands of art books. In the past few years he has combined his passions for science and art in three popular books. The second of these is The Golden Ratio, which was published in 2002 and awarded prizes in 2003 as well as in 2005.

The Golden Ratio lecture will be based on this book and will uncover the mysteries of deep space.

The lecture is free and is open to the public. No booking for tickets required – anyone wishing to attend the lecture can gain access on the evening. The lecture will take place in Fraser Noble 1, in the Fraser Noble Building on Thursday, May 19 at 4.30pm.

For further details visit: http://cps.abdn.ac.uk/mariolivio.pdf

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