I got out of bed early as usual this morning and found myself at the keyboard; also as usual. But last night I had spent 3 hours watching C-SPAN rerun an episode of In Depth with Neil deGrasse Tyson. During the program my keyboard was busy making notes which were still on the screen of my laptop this morning. I checked to be sure and sure enough the entire C-SPAN program can be streamed online at https://www.c-span.org/video/?427009-1/depth-neil-degrasse-tyson .
This little message is to urge you to take a look, but I really hope you will find three hours for a huge and fascinating look into the mind of one of the greatest science communicators alive.
I’m sending this as a blind copy because readers will have many different connections that may be sensitive. Some of you are grandparents and parents. Some of you are still in high school or about to enter high school. Some of you are or were teachers. My hope is that the parents and grandparents (all of course are the most important teachers) will see in this program with Tyson an opportunity to pass along to their children and grandchildren a sensational experience with a great mind passing along great ideas about science from the perspective of astronomy and astrophysics in a way that is so wonderfully communicative that it is (at least it was for me) impossible to shut off and led me to watch again this morning for nearly an hour.
If you are younger and looking forward to what to do with your life, this episode will take you into the mind of a scientist who found what he wanted to do before 9th grade and followed his passion for life. His story of a life in science is well worth time away from anything else you are interested in because you will get a peek inside an awesome mind at work trying to explain some things that are hard for almost everyone to understand; things like Astronomy, the Big Bang, Relativity and much more. After you watch this program, maybe you will tell your science teacher about it. She or he will find it a great model for how to be a great teacher; which Tyson certainly is. As director of the Hayden Planetarium in his hometown of New York City, Tyson’s job is all about teaching.
Tyson has written an armload of books and I just bought the Kindle version of his latest; Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I am looking forward to a delightful experience reading the book.
Best to you,