For good measure, complement with Maurice Sendak’s little-known and lovely posters on the joy of reading.
Some claim that evolution is just a theory, as if it were merely an opinion.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.
Today I not only got to meet one of my heroes, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson , I got to hear his inspiring talk AND walk around with a beer on campus.
Rounded off the night by chilling with great friends so fuck yeah, this day goes in the damn good pile :)
On the right hand of the first picture, you see me. It’s been a long day. My shirt is rumpled. As I now see but didn’t notice at the time, I’m even slouching. I’d been waiting outside (part of the time in the rain) for many hours, either sitting on bare pavement or standing, hoping to get into a very special event.
You see, free tickets to see a certain someone give a talk ran out in ninety minutes the day they became available (even as the phone and online systems crashed at the venue). However, seeing as a friend of mine discovered that tickets were set to expire at 6:45 PM, and since the lecture began at 7:00 PM, me and said friend actually made it in due to those people who did not use their own issued tickets. We couldn’t believe it!
After one of the greatest lectures I have ever heard, the famous scientist listened to me during the Q&A session. I first thanked him for promoting science literacy for all kinds of science, not just his own area of research (mostly astronomy). I told him I appreciated this especially because I was a biology student with the goal of dinosaur paleontology.
Right there, in front of I don’t know how many thousands of people (many more were watching a live broadcast), he goes, “So you like dinosaurs?”
"Yes!" I replied.
"You know it’s one of our comets that killed the dinosaurs? Astronomy one, paleontology zero!" The crowd roared together in laughter, myself included. Never have I before seen such a brilliant intellectual be so hilariously fun and energetic at the same time. (My actual question for him was, "What is your one favorite memory in your scientific career?" His answer was a commencement speech he once gave. He said that his own career goal was a Ph.D., and then everything after that was icing on the cake, so giving such a commencement speech was something very special to him.)
And then, soon thereafter, he signed my book, he took my offered hand, shook it, and I went home.
Ladies and gentleman, that great man that I was so privileged to meet last night was none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
One of the most amazing things happened yesterday… I got to see Neil deGrasse Tyson!! I was so excited! His lecture was amazing, he’s such a great speaker. I could just go on and on. His presence on stage is captivating, and he is absolutely just hilarious.
I had the privilege of getting my books signed by him, and got to say a few words to him. I told him about a letter I sent with the help of Thomas, who he knows. He asked me how I know Thomas, and I said through my blog. He said, “You met him on the internet?" Man, he was just great. Then I gave him my card and he said he would remember to check out the letter. Everything was very rushed since there were so many people, but I’m so glad I got to exchange a few words with him. It was the best!!!
The asteroid changed all that. Suppose it hadn’t been nudged at all. It would have missed the Earth entirely, and for all we know, the dinosaurs might still be here but we wouldn’t.
This is a good example of the extreme contingency, the chance nature of existence.
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