Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Scientist who best advocates for science is Neil deGrasse Tyson


During his trip to the United States, PM Narendra Modi met a number of influential Americans. This concludes a four-part series outlining the unique qualities of these public thinkers. Why is Neil deGrasse Tyson important?

In this century, the astrophysicist has been a major promoter of science in America. He has also been rapidly expanding this role in the global public sphere, particularly through social media.

What is Tyson's most famous big idea?

Everyone's life is governed by the laws of physics, regardless of whether they are aware of it. Therefore, the faster the nation will vanish, the more science becomes a political football that Americans can choose to believe in or not. To prevent this from happening, schools must improve their science instruction. But this can't be about the smartest kids in the class—those who get straight A grades—but rather about getting the rest of the students excited about science and math.

Ironically, the pocket-sized smartphones that oppose science combine cutting-edge engineering, mathematics, information technology, and space physics. They must be countered with much better, refined, and persistent marketing of science so that its discoveries are not taken for granted.

In addition to his work as director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, his books, and his appearances on television (Origins, Star Talk, and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey), posts to social media, newspaper columns, and podcasts. He also really appreciates Carl Sagan for spreading the word about how the cosmic perspective can inspire everyone to think differently about the world, which is beneficial.

There is no doubt that humans are smarter than any other living thing that has ever crawled, slithered, or walked on Earth. But suppose we paid more attention to scientists: Societies quickly recognized the dangers of transmission, so Covid would never have spread to pandemic proportions.

His famous quote:

"You have to be intrigued by black holes because they are so bizarre. I believe adults are as fascinated by black holes as children are by a T-Rex, which is to say that you respect anything that can eat you whole!"

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