“When I look up at the night sky and I know that yes,
we are part of this universe,
we are in this universe,
but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that
the universe is in us“
This piece is a special one for us as we are introducing you to one of our favourite human beings to walk the planet: our role-model and all-around badass, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!
Neil is the director of the Hayden Planeterium in New York, the host of a marvelous talk-show StarTalk Radio and, what many of you may recognise him from, he featured as host and narrator of the glorious (science based) TV mini-series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (sequel to Carl Sagan’s 1980 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage).
What makes Neil someone we adore and aspire to be – apart from his intellect, interest in the cosmos and witty tweets (@neiltyson) – is his ability to bring science to the general public in a way that is simple, yet beautiful at the same time and, most importantly, in way that is not patronizing or demeaning to people with a limited knowledge of science.
Neil Tyson is essentially our modern day Carl Sagan (who was himself a quintessence of science communication) and truly is an asset to humankind!
Take a glimpse at this stellar personality in his response to, “What is the most astounding fact about the universe?“: