The physi­cist Richard Feyn­man once wrote of the universe’s vast­ness: “It does do harm to the mys­tery to know a lit­tle it. For more mar­velous is the truth than any artists of the past imag­ined!” In his new book, “Why? What Us Curi­ous,” the astro­physi­cist and best-sell­ing author Mario Liv­io writes about Feyn­man and oth­er his­tor­i­cal fig­ures who have exhib­it­ed great and var­ied inter­est in the world around them. He also inves­ti­gates the dif­fer­ent shapes curios­i­ty can take, how it express­es itself and the regions of the brain in which it appears to reside. Below, Liv­io talks about the lat­est research about the sub­ject, how the book changed as he wrote it, Albert Ein­stein and Leonar­do da Vin­ci, and more. did you first get the idea to write this book? was always a very curi­ous per­son, and won­dered about the mech­a­nisms of curios­i­ty for a long time. But wasn’t sure whether could write a book about this, because psy­chol­o­gy and neu­ro­science are not my fields of exper­tise. Then about five years ago, was invit­ed to give a TedxMi­dAt­lantic talk , and they allowed me to choose the top­ic. So […]