Thursday on StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explained what prompted him to pursue a career in astrophysics and implored others to “give math a chance.”
“I was fortunate because my parents… took us around, we grew up in New York City, to all of the cultural institutions that showed adults doing things that were not your standard professions,” he explained in video uploaded to YouTube. “You get to see just all the things you can be when you grow up. And one of those trips, when I was 9-years-old, we went to the Hayden Planetarium. I am pretty sure the universe called me, that I had no say in the matter, because after that first visit I was hooked.”
Tyson is now the director of the very planetarium that inspired his career — a story he said played well in small towns.
He also encouraged people, especially those interested in science, to not be intimidated by math. Tyson compared math to a foreign language, observing that most English-speaking people wouldn’t assume they were stupid because they didn’t understand Chinese. Like learning a foreign language, learning math took time and was not something that should be quickly given up on, he explained.
“Once you are fluent in math then the universe becomes transparent to you,” he added, “and then the physics becomes that much more empowering for you to know, because when you look up at the night sky you don’t say to yourself, ‘I wonder what is up there.’ You say, ‘Oh, that’s a star, it is burning this bright and it is at that distance and it is turning this fast, it has got these chemicals in it.’ All of a sudden, the world around you becomes your intellectual backyard.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed a woman in Central Park falsely claiming that an "African-American man" threatened her life.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
After the man asked the woman to put her dog on a leash, he took out his phone to film her.
"Please stop," the woman says. "Sir, I'm asking you to stop recording me."
"Please don't come close to me," the man replies.
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc