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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Making science communication look easy

Neil deGrasse Tyson may be America’s best-known and most influential science communicator — the obvious successor to the mantle held by Carl Sagan in the 1980s and early 90s (indeed, Dr. Sagan tried to recruit Tyson to do his undergraduate studies at Columbia where Sagan was a professor, but Tyson opted for Harvard instead). Now the director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Tyson is a popular author and speaker, an adviser to presidential administrations, the former long-running host of a NOVA series on PBS, and much more.

Too often today, our conversations about science are led by the wrong people — people who don’t understand science, people who might understand it but can’t communicate well, or somewhere in between. It’s rare that an expert on science is also an expert communicator, and rarer still that such a person builds a career combining these two skills and interests. Those who need to inject some clarity and/or wisdom into their perspectives on science, science funding, science communication, science and religion — just about anything science related — need only begin with video clips like those listed below from any of Dr. Tyson’s many public appearances:

For more information, follow Dr. Tyson on Twitter at @neiltyson  (https://twitter.com/neiltyson) or visit the Hayden Planetarium’s website at http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/.

 

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