Books Mario Livio Books by Mario Livio Mario Livio has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Mario Livio William Thomson Kelvin (1824 - 1907) who proposed the absolute or Kelvin temperature scale. He also established the second law of thermo-dynamics. He was brilliant. But he wasn't perfect. W. & D. Downey/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption W. & D. Downey/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture The 'Brilliant Blunders' Of Science: Success Through Failure May 28, 2013 Mario Livio's new book profiles five brilliant scientists and thinkers who, despite their seminal contributions to our understanding of the world, were also wrong about some big questions. Commentator Adam Frank says Livio's engaging work highlights how the collective process that is science always gets it right in the end. Opinion When It Comes To The Economy, Math Isn't Magic March 3, 2009 Math can do some really neat stuff: From telling us about the existence of Neptune before we could see it, to the black holes we still can't, numbers are capable of a lot of things you didn't learn about in grade school. So why can't they predict economic crises? Commentator Mario Livio will tell you.