Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson November 14, 2009
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Not every prominent astrophysicist has received “hate mail” from school children. Neil deGrasse Tyson has. It began a decade ago when Tyson— then and still the Frederick P. Rose director of New York’s famed Hayden Planetarium—became a vocal advocate for demoting Pluto from planetary status. The outrage generated by his position on the nature of Pluto is described in his 2009 book, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet. Despite his role in the demotion of Pluto, it is his role as the most visible and enthusiastic promoter of learning about the universe that has made him famous. Tyson has been compared to the late Carl Sagan both for his ability to explain the cosmos to non-scientists and for his frequent presence on television and in print. Tyson is the on-camera host of the NOVA scienceNOW program on PBS. He has appeared multiple times on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and BBC Horizon. In addition to The Pluto Files, he is the author of eight other books, including Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, a New York Times bestseller, and The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist, a personal memoir. He co-authored Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, a companion book to Origins, a PBS NOVA miniseries in which Tyson was on-camera host. He is also monthly essayist for Natural History magazine. Tyson was born in New York City in 1958 and graduated from Bronx High School of Science. Passionate about astronomy from an early age, he was actively encouraged by Carl Sagan to enroll in the undergraduate program at Cornell, where Sagan taught. Opting instead for Harvard,Tyson earned a B.A. degree in physics in 1980. He went on to earn an M.A. in astronomy
at the University of Texas in 1983 and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia in 1991. He is also the holder of many honorary doctorate degrees—including one from the University of Richmond. He joined the staff of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in 1996. A leading researcher in his field, Tyson’s special interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. He obtains his research data from the Hubble telescope and from Earth-based
telescopes in North and South America. He is past chairman and now president of the Planetary Society. In 2001, he was appointed by President Bush to the 12-member federal commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry. In 2004, he received a presidential appointment to a 9-member commission on the implementation of the United States space exploration policy. He is also on the prestigious Advisory Council of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Tyson’s contributions to public understanding and appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their naming of an asteroid, 13123 Tyson.Tyson lives in NewYork City with his wife and two children.
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Tonight’s moderator has been looking to the stars ever since his father, a Physics professor, became the first American to spot and report Sputnik 1 during its first orbital pass over the United States in 1957. By the seventh grade, Jim Lehman was himself an accomplished astronomer and was operating the Spitz projector in the planetarium at Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia for school groups. As an eighth grader he assembled a color television, completing it just in time for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Jim has since made a career of bringing his passion for space, science and math to the region’s school children. Jim began his teaching career in Hanover County, before moving to Mills
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Coming to Our Senses By Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Our eyes are special detectors. They allow us to register information not only from across the room but from across the universe. Without vision, the science of astronomy would never have been born and our capacity to measure our place in the universe would have been hopelessly stunted. Think of bats. Whatever bat secrets gets passed from one generation to the next, you can bet that none of them are based on the appearance of the night sky. When thought of as an ensemble of experimental tools, our collective senses enjoy an astonishing acuity and range of sensitivity. Our ears can register the thunderous launch of the space shuttle, yet they can also hear a mosquito buzzing a foot away from our head. Our sense of touch allows us to feel the magnitude of a bowling ball dropped on our big toe, just as we can tell when a one-milligram bug crawls along our arm. Some people enjoy munching
on habanero peppers while sensitive tongues can identify the presence of food flavors on the level of parts per million. And our eyes can register the bright sandy terrain on a sunny beach, yet these same eyes have no trouble spotting a lone match, freshly lit, hundreds of feet across a darkened auditorium. Before we get carried away in praise of ourselves, note that what we gain in breadth, we lose in precision because we register the world’s stimuli in logarithmic rather than linear increments. For example, if you increase the energy of a sound’s volume by a factor of ten, your ears will judge this change to be rather small. Increase it by a factor of two and you will barely take notice. The same holds for our capacity to measure light. If you have ever viewed a total solar eclipse you may have noticed that the Sun’s disk must be at least ninety percent covered by the Moon before
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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure “science.” — Edwin P. Hubble, 1948
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anybody comments that the sky has darkened. The stellar magnitude scale of brightness, the well-known acoustic decibel scale, and the seismic scale for earthquake severity are each logarithmic in part because of our biological propensity to see, hear, and feel the world that way. What, if anything, lies beyond our senses? Does there exist a way of knowing that transcends our biological interfaces with the environment? Consider that the human machine, while good at decoding the basics of our immediate environment—like when it’s day or night or when a creature is about to eat you—has very little talent for decoding how the rest of nature works without the tools of science. If we want to know what’s out there then we require detectors other than the one’s we are born with. In nearly every case, the job of a scientific apparatus is to transcend the breadth and depth of our senses. Some people boast of having a sixth sense, where they profess to know or see things that others cannot. Fortune-tellers, mind readers, and mystics are at the top of this list of those who lay claim to mysterious powers. In so doing, they instill widespread fascination in others, especially book publishers and television producers. The questionable field of parapsychology is founded on the expectation that at least some people actually harbor this talent. To me, the biggest mystery of them all is why so many fortune-telling psychics chose to work the phones on TV hotlines instead of becoming insanely wealthy trading futures contracts on Wall Street. Quite independent of this profound mystery, the persistent failures of controlled, double-blind experiments to support the claims of parapsychology suggest that what’s going on
is non-sense rather than sixth-sense. On the other hand, modern science wields dozens of senses. And scientists do not claim these to be the expression of special powers, just special hardware. In the end, of course, the hardware converts the information gleaned from these extra senses into simple tables, charts, diagrams, or images that our inborn senses can interpret. In the original Star Trek sci-fi series, the crew that beamed down from their starship to the uncharted planet always brought with them a tricorder, which was a hand-held device that could analyze anything they encountered, living or inanimate, for its basic properties. As you waved the tricorder over the object-inquestion it made an audible spacey sound that was interpreted by the user. Suppose a glowing blob of some unknown substance were parked right in front of you. Without some diagnostic tool like a tricorder to help, humans would be clueless of the blob’s chemical or nuclear composition. Nor could we know whether it has an electromagnetic field, or whether it emits strongly in gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet, microwaves or radio waves. Nor could we determine the blob’s cellular or crystalline structure. If the blob were far out in space, appearing as an unresolved point of light in the sky, our five senses would offer us no insight to its distance, velocity though space, or its rate of rotation. We further would have no capacity to see the spectrum of colors that compose its emitted light, nor could we know whether the light is polarized. Without hardware to help our analysis, and without a particular urge to lick the stuff, all you can report back to the starship is, “Captain, it’s a blob.” Apologies to Edwin P. Hubble, but his opening remark, while poignant and poetic, should have instead been:
And if we were born with big eyes and built-in Doppler motion detectors, we would have seen immediately, even as grunting troglodytes, that the entire universe is expanding—all distant galaxies are receding from us. If our eyes had the resolution of highperformance microscopes, nobody would have ever blamed the plague and other sicknesses on divine wrath. The bacteria and viruses that made you sick would be in plain view as they crawled on your food or as they slid through open wounds in your skin. With simple experiments, you could easily tell which of these bugs were bad and which were good. And of course post-operative infection problems would have been identified and solved hundreds of years earlier. If we could detect high-energy particles, we would spot radioactive substances from great distances. No Geiger counters necessary. You could even watch radon gas seep through the basement floor of your home and not have to pay somebody to tell you about it. The honing of our senses from birth through childhood allows us as adults to pass judgment on events and phenomena in our lives, declaring whether or not they “make sense.” Problem is, hardly any scientific discoveries of the past century flowed from the direct application of our five senses. They flowed instead from the direct application of sensetranscendent mathematics and hardware. This simple fact is entirely responsible for why, to the average person, relativity, particle physics, and ten-dimensional string theory make no sense. Include in the list black holes, wormholes, and the big bang. Actually, these ideas don’t make much sense to scientists either, until we have explored the universe for a long time with all senses that are technologically available. What
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Equipped with our five senses, along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators and detectors across the electromagnetic spectrum, we explore the universe around us and call the adventure science. Think of how much richer the world would appear to us and how much earlier the nature of the universe would have been discovered if we were born with high-precision, tunable eyeballs. Dial up the radio wave part of the spectrum and the daytime sky falls as dark as night, except for some choice locations. Our galaxy’s center is one of the brightest spots on the sky and is located behind some of the principal stars of the constellation Sagittarius. Tune into microwaves and the entire universe is aglow with a remnant from the early universe, a wall of light set forth 300,000 years after the big bang. Tune into x-rays and the locations of black holes, with matter spiraling into them, are spotted immediately.Tune into gamma rays and see titanic explosions scattered throughout the universe at a rate of about one per day. Watch the effect of the explosion on the surrounding material is it heats up and glows in other bands of light. If we were born with magnetic detectors, the compass would never have been invented because we wouldn’t ever need one. Just tune into Earth’s magnetic field lines and the direction of magnetic North looms like Oz beyond the horizon. If we had spectrum analyzers within our retinas, we would not have to wonder what was in the air we were breathing. We could just look at it and know whether or not it contained sufficient oxygen to sustain human life. And we would have learned thousands of years ago that the stars and nebulae in the galaxy contain the same chemical elements found here on Earth.
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emerges, eventually, is a newer and higher level of “common sense” that enables a scientist to think creatively and to pass judgment in the unfamiliar underworld of the atom or in the mind-bending domain of higher dimensional space.The twentieth-century German physicist Max Planck made a similar observation about the discovery of quantum mechanics: Modern Physics impresses us particularly with the truth of the old doctrine which teaches that there are realities existing apart from our sense-perceptions, and that there are problems and conflicts where these realities are of greater value for us than the richest treasures of the world of experience. Our five senses even interfere with sensible answers to stupid metaphysical questions like,“If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, did it make a sound?” My best answer is, “How do you know it fell?” But that just gets people angry. So I offer a senseless analogy, “Q: If you can’t smell the carbon monoxide, then how do you know it’s there? A:You drop dead.” (Natural gas is also odorless to the human nose. For our protection, a pungent smell is added so that gas leaks can be safely identified and located.) In modern times, if the sole measure of what’s out there flows from your senses then a precarious life awaits you. Discovering new ways of knowing has always heralded new windows on the universe— new detectors we can add to our growing list of non-biological senses. Whenever this happens, a new level of majesty and complexity in the universe reveals itself to us, as though we were technologically evolving into super-sentient beings, always coming to our senses. Reprinted with the permission of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Excerpted from “Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries,” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2007), pp. 25-30.
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Past Speakers 1987 January February March April
Ted Koppel “Iran: Yesterday and Today” Hodding Carter, Paul Duke and Larry Speakes Diane Sawyer with General Brent Scowcroft Charles Kuralt
1994 November January February March April
“America in the Year 2000” Lamar Alexander, Marvin Cetron, Senator Warren Rudman and Chris Wallace Louis Rukeyser with Frank Cappiello and Michael Holland President George H. W. Bush Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Bob Newhart
1988 January February March April
Oprah Winfrey George Will “The Cold War – Will it Thaw?” Marvin Kalb, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vladimir Pozner Art Buchwald
1995 November January February March April
General Colin Powell Walter Cronkite with Judy Woodruff Dave Barry Tom Clancy Jack Kemp and Senator George Mitchell
1989 January February March April
Sam Donaldson John Chancellor and Henry Kissinger “Should Drugs be Legalized?” William Buckley and Charles Rangel Dr. Carl Sagan
1996 November January February March April
Ambassador Carla Hills and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney “Space and Flight: The First & Last Men on the Moon” Neil Armstrong, Capt. Eugene Cernan, David Hartman and Dick Rutan Calvin Trillin Charles Kuralt “The Presidency, The Press and The People” Ed Bradley, David Gergen, Pierre Salinger, Sheila Tate and Bob Woodward
1990 January February March April
Paul Duke, Howard Fineman and Charles McDowell “Perspectives – From Right to Left” Frank Carlucci, Bettina Gregory, George McGovern, William Proxmire and William Rusher Mike Wallace Alistair Cooke
1997 November January February March April
Dick Cavett and Carl Reiner Ray Brady with Paul A. Volcker “To Preserve and Protect: The Story of the American Presidency” Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough Sir David Frost interviews Andrew Lloyd Webber “The Legal System in America” Marcia Clark, Philip K. Howard, Prof. Arthur Miller, Dr. Rodney Smolla and The Hon. Kym Worthy
1991 October January February March April
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt “Crisis in the Persian Gulf” Admiral William Crowe, General Alexander Haig, Robert McFarlane and Edwin Newman H. Ross Perot Art Buchwald and Andy Rooney “Space and Beyond” James Burke, Dr. Frank Drake and James Lovell Barbara Walters Margaret Thatcher Larry King with General Norman Schwarzkopf “DNA: From Catching Criminals to Constructing Dinosaurs” Patricia Cornwell, Dr. Victor McKusick and Dr. Marc Micozzi Mark Russell
1998 November January February March April
Bill Moyers Wynton Marsalis Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Dan Raviv Mary Tyler Moore Peter Lynch
1992 October January February March April
1999 November January February March April
Rt. Hon. John Major Robert S. Bennett and Dr. William J. Bennett with Tim Russert Harry S. Dent, Jr. and Lou Dobbs Lily Tomlin Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean-Michel Cousteau
1993 October January February March April
Terry Anderson “Japanese/American Trade Debate” with Hiroki Kato and T. Boone Pickens Dr. Joyce Brothers Bill Cosby Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with Cokie Roberts
2000 November January February March April
Julie Andrews with Catherine Crier “The Century” Todd Brewster and Peter Jennings “Technology and the New Marketplace” Ray Brady, Michael Connors and John Krubski Archbishop Desmond Tutu James Carville and Newt Gingrich with Tim Russert
Senator John Glenn Tom Brokaw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Daniel Schorr Frank McCourt Dr. William Kelso
2002 November January February March April
Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” Rabbi Marc Gellman and Msgr. Thomas Hartman Dick Clark Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright and The Hon. James A. Baker III with Gwen Ifill
2003 November January February March April
Ken Burns The Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Her Majesty Queen Noor with Gwen Ifill FBI Director Louis Freeh Senator Fred Thompson
2004 November January February March April
Cal Ripken, Jr. Robert Shiller and Jeremy Siegel with Geoff Colvin Candice Bergen Rt. Hon. Mary Robinson Thomas L. Friedman
2005 November January February March April
General Tommy Franks Michael Beschloss and Walter Isaacson Tim Russert Fareed Zakaria Frank Gehry
2006 ovember N January February March April
Robert Redford Sherry Lansing General Colin Powell Tom Wolfe Rick Wagoner with Geoff Colvin
2007 November January February March April
Burt Rutan Malcolm Gladwell and Alvin Toffler B.B. King Jim Lehrer Dr. Jared Diamond
2008 November January February March April
President Vicente Fox Carly Fiorina Michael Douglas with Jeffrey Brown Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. David Brooks
2009 November January February March April
Rt. Hon. Tony Blair Reza Aslan and Jon Meacham Smokey Robinson with Daphne Maxwell Reid Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long Marion Nestle and Michael Pollan
2010 ovember N January February March April
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Greg Mortenson David Plouffe Steve Forbes Condoleezza Rice
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Following a failed attempt to climb the highest peak in Pakistan in 1993, an exhausted Mortenson was taken in by the residents of a small village. To repay their kindness, he promised to return to build a school for their children, even though he would be sleeping in his car upon his return to the States. Today, he has built over 100 schools in the most remote and volatile areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, at great risk to his own personal safety. Greg will share his inspirational story, made famous in Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, which has become both a best seller and a State Department must-read. Mortenson’s much anticipated follow-up book, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan is scheduled for release on December 1st.
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February 6, 2010 David Plouffe
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