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EP 179: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives a Lesson in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and a highly popular science communicator who serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of

Natural History in NYC. Today Dr. Tyson talks about his new #1 New York Times Bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and why he wants to make science accessible and understandable for all. He shares his thoughts on how movies and television portray science. He reveals just how rapidly the universe was born and why the debate over the big bang theory vs intelligent design really shouldn’t be a debate at all because as he says “science doesn’t care about your opinion.” Plus we talk about Einstein’s thought experiments, wormholes, what’s in the dark areas of the night sky, how to gain a “cosmic perspective” of the universe, and whether Pluto can ever work its way back into Dr. Tyson's good graces.

Order Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's new bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at Subscribe to his weekly StarTalk podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts or visit You can also learn more about Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Hayden Planetarium at and follow him on Twitter at @neiltyson.

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