"Delusions of Space Enthusiasts" In this illustrated talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and
“Delusions of Space Enthusiasts” In this illustrated talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic realities that limit it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. In both 2001 and 2004, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on space exploration commissions, culminating in his 2006 appointment to NASA’s Advisory Council.
Among Tyson’s various books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series “Origins”, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. He has since hosted PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program “NOVA ScienceNOW.” During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a popular Podcast, and a limited-run Television Series on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter.
Tyson is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000. Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
VIP Post-Show Meet & Greet
Right after the show, VIPs will go to the meet and greet and get a pre-signed VIP poster. A professional photographer will take your photo, which you can download online. Note: Neil is unable to sign other items and VIPs are unable to take photos with personal cameras.
(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Aven