Neil deGrasse Tyson is America’s favorite science educator. He is an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosted the Fox series “Cosmos,” and does the podcast/radio/TV show “StarTalk.” I was delighted a few years ago when he came to town and 3,000 people packed the Peabody Opera House to see Tyson talk about science for almost three hours — and I’m looking forward to seeing him do it again at the same venue on May 18th.
In our conversation, we talked about his new book, “Astrophysics For People In A Hurry,” as well as:
- How much the giant projector in a planetarium has changed in his lifetime because of discoveries in the sky;
- How we know dark matter exists in the universe;
- Why he disagrees with Stephen Hawking about humanity becoming a multi-planet species;
- Why he thinks Dan should change the name of his band, The Seventh Planet;
- How we can get more young women interested in STEM careers;
- The time Neil tried to improve his singing with autotune.