Neil deGrasse Tyson only has 567,679 followers on Twitter and the Biebs has nearly 25 million? A crime, I tell you. A crime! These kiddos must not have watched The Most Astounding Fact yet. I mean, come on… he’s, like, really, super-duper cool. And he goes on The Colbert Report. And comments on reddit. And he and Bill Nye bullied another scientist on Stargate: Atlantis! How cool is that?!
I don’t want students who could make the next major breakthrough in renewable energy sources or space travel to have been taught that anything they don’t understand, and that nobody yet understands, is divinely constructed and therefore beyond their intellectual capacity. The day that happens, Americans will just sit in awe of what we don’t understand, while we watch the rest of the world boldly go where no mortal has gone before.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Q: What never fails to blow your mind in physics?
A: 1) The fact that an electron has no known size — it’s smaller than the smallest measurement we have ever made of anything.
2) That Quarks come only in pairs: If you try to separate two of them, the energy you sink into the system to accomplish this feat is exactly the energy to spontaneously create two more quarks – one to partner with each of those you pulled apart.
3) That the space-time structure inside a rotating black hole does not preclude the existence of an entire other universe.