Brilliant Blunders - Mistakes by Great Physicists that Changed Our Understanding of the Universe

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Friday 25 February 2022

Time: 17:00 GMT

RSVP: This event is free to attend but registration is required. Please book your place via the link.  

Zoom details for the event will be sent to registered attendees after the registration deadline has closed at 12:00 GMT on Thursday 24 February. Please contact happ-centre@stx.ox.ac.uk with any queries.

picture of William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Albert Einstein and Fred Hoyle

The St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics will be holding a lecture by bestselling author and astrophysicist Dr Mario Livio (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) entitled "Brilliant Blunders - Mistakes by Great Physicists that Changed Our Understanding of the Universe" on Friday 25 February 2022 at 17:00 GMT by Zoom.

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Albert Einstein and Fred Hoyle are amongst the greatest physicists in history and some of the mistakes that these towering figures made led to major scientific advances. Dr Mario Livio will analyse these errors and the psychology which made such "brilliant blunders" part of these celebrated scientists' genius and part of the scientific process whereby science thrives on error and advances when erroneous ideas are disproven.