Why is Brian Greene about to form tackle a Bill Nye-subdued Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because these guys are passionate about science, man! (Plus they were having a heated discussion about science funding)
It was all part of a recent event called “The Science of Storytelling”, held at Arizona State University. The panel was organized by physicist Lawrence Krauss, and featuring Richard Dawkins, Ira Flatow, Neal Stephenson, Tracy Day alongside Greene, Tyson and Nye.
The event served to remind people of something I’m very passionate about. Ahem (prepares inspirational soapbox):
So much remains undiscovered in science, and we have so many fascinating questions left to answer. The best way to connect the known with the unknown is to build bridges made of stories and “wow” moments. Curiosity fuels the engine of discovery, and it’s so important to, as Krauss alludes to, for people to realize “science” doesn’t equal “stuff that a bunch of dead white guys did a long time ago”.
Wonder has to exist as a verb before it can exist as a noun. Which leads to more wondering which leads to more wonder and … you get the idea.
You can read more about this awesome event at Slate, and watch the whole hour and a half discussion at these links (Part 1, Part 2).
Finally, because I know you all want to see it … Neil deGrasse Tyson took his shirt off to reveal this Van Gogh masterpiece underneath: