For over a decade, TSN has been delivering the stories of science told by the world’s leading thinkers. What are they exploring and why? Why did they become scientists? How do they see science as part of the larger culture? And what lies ahead? Here are their tales of discovery. Talking Science on TSN brings you their conversations with Roger Bingham from the TSN archive and fresh from the bench.
The Moon, the Tides and why Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Colbert's God
From the archive: Two years after Neil DeGrasse Tyson first appeared on TSN's The Science Studio, the director of the Hayden Planetarium sat down a second time to speak to Roger Bingham, in New York in 2011. In this wide-ranging conversation, Tyson and Bingham again roam across topics at the intersection of science, society, and communication. They debate usefulness of transcripts and the influence of Francis Bacon. Tyson ponders the challenges of being a scientist when our sensory systems produce only approximations of 'reality'. Further topics include the emotional component of going to Mars and what drives scientists.
Called by the Universe, a conversation with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
From the Archive: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, host of Cosmos - A Spacetime Odyssey and StarTalk, first appeared on The Science Network in 2006 at the first Beyond Belief meeting. TSN has filmed two in-depth conversations between Tyson and TSN director, Roger Bingham. Here is the first, filmed in 2009. Bingham and Tyson discuss Tyson's path to science, from being "chosen by the universe" on his first trip to the Hayden Planetarium at age 9 to meeting with Carl Sagan at age 17, who showed Tyson what kind of scientist he wanted to be. Also discussed: the significance of the outrage at the "demotion" of Pluto, Tyson's well-known rebuke of Richard Dawkins' communication style at Beyond Belief and the difference between communicating and being articulate, and much more.
A clip from this conversation went viral on YouTube. Tyson's clearly articulated criticism of ascribing to God that which science does not (yet!) understand struck a chord with the Internet public, and that clip has garnered almost 5 million views on YouTube (titled "Neil DeGrasse Tyson destroys Bill O'Reilly").
The video version of this podcast is available on TSN's website.