A series on scientists explaining things*
This is kind of what we (I) do, I guess? Science communication = explainsing you a things?
*only acceptable use for Comic Sans ever
A meditation on what we’d live for if we could live forever, from Neil deGrasse Tyson (via explore-blog):
Also see Tolstoy’s Calendar of Wisdom.
So make ‘em count.
Bonus points for connecting my favorite band to my favorite astrophysicist!!
Why is Brian Greene about to form tackle a Bill Nye-subdued Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because these guys are passionate about science, man! (Plus they were having a heated discussion about science funding)
It was all part of a recent event called “The Science of Storytelling”, held at Arizona State University. The panel was organized by physicist Lawrence Krauss, and featuring Richard Dawkins, Ira Flatow, Neal Stephenson, Tracy Day alongside Greene, Tyson and Nye.
The event served to remind people of something I’m very passionate about. Ahem (prepares inspirational soapbox):
So much remains undiscovered in science, and we have so many fascinating questions left to answer. The best way to connect the known with the unknown is to build bridges made of stories and “wow” moments. Curiosity fuels the engine of discovery, and it’s so important to, as Krauss alludes to, for people to realize “science” doesn’t equal “stuff that a bunch of dead white guys did a long time ago”.
Wonder has to exist as a verb before it can exist as a noun. Which leads to more wondering which leads to more wonder and … you get the idea.
Finally, because I know you all want to see it … Neil deGrasse Tyson took his shirt off to reveal this Van Gogh masterpiece underneath:
Looking for a “trump card” to use in the name of reason and science? Here’s one.
This is part of a whole deck of “reason” cards from Crispian Jago and Neil Davies. NdT would definitely be the ace of spades in any deck, although apparently even HE has a weakness.
In other news, I have a new life goal: Get someone to draw caricature of me in the name of science.
(via The Reason Stick)
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s hand-drawn love letter to Manhattanhenge.
Love this. Check out more maps of Manhattan at the link above.
New Yorkers, mark your calendars for this year’s Manhattanhenge! According to the American Museum of Natural History, the dates for 2013 are May 28 and July 13.