Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is A Fucking Icon.

As I look back in the time, I can clearly state that I have always been an immense enthusiast of science. There were so many sunny summer days when my peers were playing football outside, and I was stuck in my dimmed room reading books about dinosaurs or watching the Discovery channels. Definitely, it was not only for that I sucked badly at football, often being chosen as last to play as a goalkeeper, but also because I loved it when my imagination was vividly active during a process of learning. Fortunately, I could always count on my father in my strong desires to know more or acquire a new skill. Assuredly, it was the time when I believed that Neutrinos, Photons, Protons and Quarks were, as you might think today as well, brands of favorite breakfast cereals. But I kept my curiosity on a track and right now I even manage to pronounce them correctly. Well, being frank, most of my childhood friends did not like to read and learn at all, they considered science boring as hell. And you know what? I do not blame them, at the time, the things were exactly like that. Happily, we live in a different time, and the science approach has totally changed in a positive way. The scientist and researchers have become celebrities, and there is one individual who, in my opinion, comes at the top. Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to proudly present you – Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Astrophysicists or Popstars?
A century ago a typical scientist was seen as a freak who spent all his days being hidden in the basement working on improbable and irrational aspects of a human’s existence. Neither Tesla nor even Einstein was fully appreciated during their lifespans. No doubt, they were pretty way ahead of the era they shared. What is surprising, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (two interrelated theories: special relativity and general relativity) was not rewarded with the Nobel’s prize. Actually, the Austrian genius finally got his only Nobel for the Photoelectric Effect, 16 years after the E=mc^2 equation had been formulated. Strange. These days, scientist are fortunately enough to get their well-earned attention via a variety of social and mass-medias like twitter, facebook, and TV programs. They are no longer seen as funny weirdos, but rather like Holywood celebrities. Naming only a few of them: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking (Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, pioneer of the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation), Bill Nye (Currently, he is the CEO of The Planetary Society.), Carl Sagan (the first to hypothesize that Saturn’s moon Titan might possess oceans of liquid compounds on its surface and that Jupiter’s moon Europa might possess subsurface oceans of water) and Michio Kaku (In 1974, Kaku and Prof. Keiji Kikkawa of Osaka University co-authored the first papers describing string theory in a field form.). All of these gentlemen are often invited to host the popular science TV shows or radio auditions, they have written several books that try to describe the difficult aspects of physics and mathematics in words that can be understood by an Average Joe. We have been shown that the science can be enjoyable and presented in a comprehensible fashion.

Charisma of Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Mr. Tyson was born in 1958 in New York City and got interested in science when he was 9 years old thanks to the visit to Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. Later on, he finished a bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard University in 1980. After obtaining a master’s degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, he received his master’s (1989) and Ph.D. (1991) in astrophysics at Columbia University. In 1996, he shifted to a director of the Hayden Planetarium and supervised its $210-million modernization plan, which was ended in 2000. What is worth mentioning, The U.S. National Academy of Sciences granted Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for, as stated, “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”. His analysis has focused on measurements in stellar evolution, cosmology galactic astrophysics, bulges, and stellar development. Unquestionably, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a remarkable person, both, as an astrophysicist and an entertainer, but frequently also a controversial one. As an ex semi-pro wrestler, he is not too shy to speak his mind up – he always does it in a strict, some may say, mathematical way. He has numerously criticized the US educational program, claiming that it kills the curiosity and striving for knowledge

Mr. Tyson has been always known from his weekly podcasts titled “StarTalk Radio”, where he invites guests from different areas of science to discuss the current affairs and body of knowledge. A few weeks ago, he was visited by Terry Crews, an ex-NFL player, and a trainer and dietitian who is famous for the Old Spice commercials. They were discussing lifting and nutrition from the physics perspective, and Neil responded that if the nourishment books were written by him, the would end up in a single sentence:

However, by far, the biggest controversy was stirred up when on the 25th of December 2014 posted the tweet about the Isaac Newton’s birthday. This was seen, as a provocation against the Christians and the observance of the Holy Night. The entry has been retweeted more than 90,000 times so far. He was accused of “trolling Christmas today to show you how smart he is.” He replied in his own fashion “If a person actually wanted to express anti-Christian sentiment, my guess is that alerting people of Isaac Newton’s birthday would appear nowhere on the list.” Well, I leave the judgment for you whether was it offensive or not.

Last week, Neil DeGrasse Tyson was a guest on another rockstar-like host, Joe Rogan, who is also known for his astonishing auditions, UFC commentary, pro-drugs attitude, swearing and no-taboo conversation topics. The two gentlemen did have an extraordinary 2-hour discussion, in which, Joe Rogan was left speechless and mind-blown several times. Luckily, the presenter had a huge supply of Alpha-Brain supplement so he was able to catch up with Neil. The whole talk is a MUST-WATCH, trust me:

If you want to follow Mr. Tyson, please see the below links:
Hayden Planetarium
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Twitter
Quotes by Neil
StarTalk Radio Podcast

Positive Insight to the Future
I am beyond happiness to see the fact that the science has been popularized all across the world. It is now no shame to be a nerd or a geek, these two words have had some positive connections for last few years. Even here in Poland, we can see that propagation of science has been having a boom. There are plenty of worth watching youtube channels that take on the subjects of spreading the knowledge. Naming only a few of them: Uwaga Naukowy Belkot by UMSC Ph.D. in chemistry Dawid Mysliwiec, Astrofaza, SciFun or Historia Bez Cenzury. It always ends up in a good way, ask Mr. Musk – he might have something to say about this.

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