Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Man!

I love these super smart guys, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, that are geeks about their professions and love what they do without being patronizing to those of us that aren't as educated.

"Apparently Neil deGrasse Tyson decided to go ahead and crunch the numbers and tell us just how heavy Thor’s Hammer would be if it was indeed forged within a collapsing star – in elephants. According to his calculations, it would weigh as much as 300 billion elephants – now there’s a unit of weight that physicists should consider using more often."

For those of you not familiar with Neil deGrasse Tyson, he's an astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Sounds like a pretty big deal, right? Yep, but he's also been on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," as well as "The Big Bang Theory," as himself in season four, where we learned of Dr. Sheldon Cooper's anger at him for voting to de-planetize Pluto.
I love geeks. Remember when it wasn't en vogue to be one? I wonder how long this will last.

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