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    Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a Badass

    Here is his response to the question "What is the most astounding fact you can tell us about the universe?"


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    I've always really enjoyed Tyson's explanations of things... he keeps them pretty focused, uses good analogies, and often includes some good humor with his explanations.

    I don't know what his peers think about him, but as someone who knows only a little about astrophysics, I dig him... he makes the topic very accessible

    I read one of his books a while back. If it's a topic you're interested in then I recommend it for sure...

    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
    http://www.amazon.com/Death-Black-Ho.../dp/0393062244

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    I have a huge man crush on him. His story about coming out of New York City where the only stars you can see are in the Hayden Planetarium is pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiserSoze View Post
    I've always really enjoyed Tyson's explanations of things... he keeps them pretty focused, uses good analogies, and often includes some good humor with his explanations.

    I don't know what his peers think about him, but as someone who knows only a little about astrophysics, I dig him... he makes the topic very accessible

    I read one of his books a while back. If it's a topic you're interested in then I recommend it for sure...

    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
    http://www.amazon.com/Death-Black-Ho.../dp/0393062244
    Thanks, I'll definitely check it out. I've read some Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene (who is similar to Tyson). I agree that one of his most appealing (and amazing) qualities is his ability to make science, and especially astrophysics and cosmology accessible to the common man. I'm a scientist, but I've only taken a couple of astronomy classes, so I'm still at a very basic level myself. His explanations are terrific, and he seems to really "get" the divide between scientists and the layman.

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    A favorite video of mine.

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    I also highly recommend Tyson's Origins.

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    Posted this in the Daily Show thread from when he was on the show, but I'll post it here too... I had no idea that he attended UT before going to Columbia.

    http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/02/star-power/


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    unfortunately, he had a pretty negative experience on the 40 acres

    Regardless, he's done an admirable job taking over the role that Carl Sagan filled, and is just as damn cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by fetoid View Post
    unfortunately, he had a pretty negative experience on the 40 acres

    Regardless, he's done an admirable job taking over the role that Carl Sagan filled, and is just as damn cool
    go on.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiserSoze View Post
    Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
    http://www.amazon.com/Death-Black-Ho.../dp/0393062244
    I've had that one on the shelf for a year and a half, but haven't delved it. I think a Shag guy rec'd it.

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    serious tyson fan/nerd here, but I downloaded an audio copy of Death by Black Hole, and I would fall asleep listening to it a couple nights a week. crazy thinking about how huge the universe is and how much we don't know, and how much we have figured out in the last 150 years. it still amazes me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messi View Post
    Some men just want to watch the world learn.



    I've had that one on the shelf for a year and a half, but haven't delved it. I think a Shag guy rec'd it.
    Might've been me... I mentioned it a couple of years ago on one of the "what are you reading threads".

    Read the first couple of chapters to get started- it won't take long to get into it. Also, it is a collection of essays edited into a book format/flow, so you can pick it up and put it down a bit w/out losing much continuity if it takes you a while to get through all the chapters.

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    A favorite video of mine.
    I just watched the whole thing. Nice to have them break everything down for idiots like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackamacgowski View Post


    A favorite video of mine.
    one of the greatest hours on youtube. two very smart guys that are very good at communicating their ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by housious View Post
    I just watched the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
    go on.....
    Basically the school forced him out. I'll find another video tomorrow where he explains it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
    go on.....
    http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/02/star-power/

    Trouble in Texas

    After Harvard, Tyson moved straight to Texas to start his PhD at UT-Austin. He felt stereotyped from the start, as he would later describe in a speech at Columbia: “The first comment directed to me in the first minute of the first day by a faculty member I had just met was, ‘You must join the department basketball team!’”

    Tyson was offended, but he liked basketball, so he signed up anyway. He also joined UT’s competitive dance, rowing, and wrestling teams—unusual activities for a PhD student. “I should’ve spent more time in the lab,” Tyson admits, “but that wasn’t me. I took my studies very seriously, but I also did these other pursuits.”

    Frank Bash, professor emeritus of astronomy and former director of UT’s McDonald Observatory, supervised Tyson as a teaching assistant for Intro to Astronomy. “Neil had a natural gift for teaching,” Bash says. “After he taught, the students would beg for him back. He did crazy stuff—moonwalking in class.”

    Doing the moonwalk for his students wasn’t a gag, Tyson says—it was a strategy. “If you’re only using words to communicate as a teacher, why show up?” he says. “Why not just type your notes? Teaching is a full-body performance. The moonwalk was all the rage in 1983, and the students loved it. It made the material work for them.”

    According to Tyson, one of the biggest reasons scientists so often struggle to communicate research to the public is not jargon or lack of interest. It’s a culture gap.

    “The average person watches 30 hours of television per week,” he says. “But the average professor doesn’t own a TV, let alone watch the Kardashians or cute kitten videos on YouTube or whatever. And people live for that stuff. We have to speak their language.”

    Tyson still counts Bash as a friend and credits him as a major influence. “Frank Bash’s class was the only one I ever knew,” Tyson says, “where a student could get a C and still say it was the best class he ever had. That’s how inspiring he was.”

    After class, Tyson explored Austin by bicycle. The New Yorker was thrilled to discover Tex-Mex—he sampled his first margarita and fajitas at a South Austin restaurant. And he fondly recalls people-watching at Eeyore’s Birthday Party, the annual hippie celebration in Pease Park. “I loved how cheap Austin was, and how colorful,” he says. He met his wife, Alice Young, PhD ’85, in a class on relativity.

    Back in the lab, though, things weren’t going as well. Tyson wasn’t making progress on his dissertation, and professors encouraged him to consider alternate careers. He took the criticism hard, and he also faced racial discrimination on campus.

    “I was stopped and questioned seven times by University police on my way into the physics building,” he says. “Seven times. Zero times was I stopped going into the gym—and I went to the gym a lot. That says all you need to know about how welcome I felt at Texas.”

    At the same time, Tyson says that racism, while an everyday reality, didn’t play a major role in his leaving the University. “Getting stopped by the police—I don’t count that as significant racism. That’s just ‘same $#@!, different day’ racism. I was stopped by campus police at other schools, too—though not with the same frequency as in Texas. And I still get followed by security guards in department stores.”

    After Tyson finished his master’s thesis, his advisers dissolved his dissertation committee—essentially flunking him. “I still don’t talk about it much,” he says, “because it was a failed experiment, and I’ve moved on from that chapter of my life.”

    “With or without skin color, I wasn’t the model student,” he adds. “There was simply no room for me to be the full person that I was. If race was at play in all this, it was only at the edges of the experience.”

    ...............

    As for his relationship with UT, Tyson claims he’s moved on. “I don’t hold a grudge, and I don’t blame the department for kicking me out. I might have done the same thing in their position,” he says.

    But at other moments, it’s clear that he’s still raw about Texas, almost 30 years later. “When I get mail from the Texas Exes, it goes straight in the trash. Why should I believe in an institution that didn’t believe in me?”

    That’s the way Tyson sees it: UT didn’t believe in him, while Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton did. “When I look at my life, the tracks of my success take a detour around Texas,” he says. “It’s the only place where I didn’t succeed, and I’m still figuring out what that means.”

    So is the University. Astronomy professor Craig Wheeler remembers Tyson: “Research was not his strength. He was never going to solve any major scientific problems. But I knew he was going to do something big, because he had charisma. He’s warm and funny, but he also has serious backbone, ambition, confidence—and that’s taken him far.”

    And so it has. But for Texas, he’ll always be the one who got away.

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    I'm quite familiar with Dr. Tyson. He's responsible for the demotion of Pluto from planetary status. I liked Pluto. Ergo, I do not like you Dr. Tyson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornfan785 View Post
    Posted this in the Daily Show thread from when he was on the show, but I'll post it here too... I had no idea that he attended UT before going to Columbia.

    http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/02/star-power/

    Ooops. Wrong photo.


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    So. He goes to UT to get a phd, but gets an MA and his dissertation committee is dissolved? Isn't an MS the degree for "astrophysics?" And if he went for a phd why did he pause for an MA? One of you academic grad students is going to have to 'splain.

    Is it that his phd work wasn't progressing, so they told him no dice and gave him an MA as a consolation prize?
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    Apparently they're reviving Cosmos with him as the host. Will definitely watch.

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    he kind of seems like a drama queen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    So. He goes to UT to get a phd, but gets an MA and his dissertation committee is dissolved? Isn't an MS the degree for "astrophysics?" And if he went for a phd why did he pause for an MA? One of you academic grad students is going to have to 'splain.

    Is it that his phd work wasn't progressing, so they told him no dice and gave him an MA as a consolation prize?

    Sounded like he basically got booted out of the PhD program. Love the guy on TV, but from reading the article sounded like brilliant as he was, he was more interested in enjoying Austin than working on his PhD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    So. He goes to UT to get a phd, but gets an MA and his dissertation committee is dissolved? Isn't an MS the degree for "astrophysics?" And if he went for a phd why did he pause for an MA? One of you academic grad students is going to have to 'splain.

    Is it that his phd work wasn't progressing, so they told him no dice and gave him an MA as a consolation prize?
    "Master's en route" is fairly common. Most PhD programs are open to Bachelor degrees. Generally, on the way to a PhD, you take enough courses to earn an MA/MS/MBA... "en route"... then you take exit exams, do research, write a thesis and defend it and wallaah... you are a career student and research machine PhD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    Is it that his phd work wasn't progressing, so they told him no dice and gave him an MA as a consolation prize?
    This is probably the right answer. It's common practice to award the master's then tell the candidate that they have no hope of getting the doctorate. Assuming it isn't political, in the scientific realm it's probably because your research isn't panning out.

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    Sounds like he couldn't make the grades and is lashing out at the University.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    So. He goes to UT to get a phd, but gets an MA and his dissertation committee is dissolved? Isn't an MS the degree for "astrophysics?" And if he went for a phd why did he pause for an MA? One of you academic grad students is going to have to 'splain.

    Is it that his phd work wasn't progressing, so they told him no dice and gave him an MA as a consolation prize?
    UT doesn't offer an MS in Astrophysics, or Astronomy or Physics. There is an MA in Astronomy and an MA in Physics.
    Depending on the dept, and when it occurred, the dept might or might not require a Master's on the way to the PhD; in History, I know they did "require" this but let some folks bypass it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornfan785 View Post
    Posted this in the Daily Show thread from when he was on the show, but I'll post it here too... I had no idea that he attended UT before going to Columbia.

    http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/02/star-power/

    Looks like a nerdy Mod Squad.

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    I've always been a Tyson fan (Pluto-gate notwithstanding), and am very much a supporter of anyone who can bring a Sagan-like presentation of such complex cosmological concepts to the general public.

    Plus, he's his own Internet meme...




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    Quote Originally Posted by TOR View Post
    Sounds like he couldn't make the grades and is lashing out at the University.
    Really? He admitted he wasn't focused enough, but maybe is a little bitter. I don't see his bit of cricism as being unwarranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miguelito View Post
    he kind of seems like a drama queen.
    This. He partied and barely went to lab, then when his experiment fails for his dissertation, he flunks. But yea, he blames Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP5 View Post
    This. He partied and barely went to lab, then when his experiment fails for his dissertation, he flunks. But yea, he blames Texas
    As for his relationship with UT, Tyson claims he’s moved on. “I don’t hold a grudge, and I don’t blame the department for kicking me out. I might have done the same thing in their position,” he says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSU&UT View Post
    Really? He admitted he wasn't focused enough, but maybe is a little bitter. I don't see his bit of cricism as being unwarranted.
    This was my impression too, but I didn't go to Texas so it doesn't hit home emotionally for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackamacgowski View Post
    As for his relationship with UT, Tyson claims he’s moved on. “I don’t hold a grudge, and I don’t blame the department for kicking me out. I might have done the same thing in their position,” he says.
    Except that he also drops neg rep by saying, he didn't have a good experience, rather not talk about that time, cops stopped me cause I'm black. He drops a lot of vague innuendo but yea, not bitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackamacgowski View Post
    As for his relationship with UT, Tyson claims he’s moved on. “I don’t hold a grudge, and I don’t blame the department for kicking me out. I might have done the same thing in their position,” he says.
    “With or without skin color, I wasn’t the model student,” he adds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP5 View Post
    Except that he also drops neg rep by saying, he didn't have a good experience, rather not talk about that time, cops stopped me cause I'm black. He drops a lot of vague innuendo but yea, not bitter
    So you want him to lie about it? I'm a Neil Tyson homer admittedly, but he speaks his mind about the issue. In all the videos where he's brought it up, he's done it gracefully and doesn't really bring up the race side of things. It's just a chapter in his life and it's not like goes around trashing Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackamacgowski View Post
    So you want him to lie about it? I'm a Neil Tyson homer admittedly, but he speaks his mind about the issue. In all the videos where he's brought it up, he's done it gracefully and doesn't really bring up the race side of things. It's just a chapter in his life and it's not like goes around trashing Texas.
    Seriously. He gave an honest take in response to a feature articles journalist from "The Alcade," a niche periodical specializing in TexasExes stories.

    I guess "lash outs" aren't what they used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messi View Post
    Seriously. He gave an honest take in response to a feature articles journalist from "The Alcade," a niche periodical specializing in TexasExes stories.

    I guess "lash outs" aren't what they used to be.
    Maybe he comprehended what he read as well as you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmg View Post
    UT doesn't offer an MS in Astrophysics, or Astronomy or Physics. There is an MA in Astronomy and an MA in Physics.
    Depending on the dept, and when it occurred, the dept might or might not require a Master's on the way to the PhD; in History, I know they did "require" this but let some folks bypass it.
    While correct, it's mincing words... He probably has an MA in Astronomy... but there is a Astrophysics "program"...

    or, it's quite possible that the curriculum has changed in 40 years... I was once pursuing a BBA in Data Process and Analysis, which UT doesn't offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP5 View Post
    Maybe he comprehended what he read as well as you did.
    for someone who didn't attend, you sure are butthurt about some pretty innocuous comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al pastor View Post
    for someone who didn't attend, you sure are butthurt about some pretty innocuous comments.
    You bring it up any chance you get, regardless if its pertinent to the subject at hand. But ok

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