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Neil deGrasse Tyson : biography

October 5, 1958 -

Neil deGrasse Tyson ( born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. From 2006 to 2011 he hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. It was announced on August 5, 2011, that Tyson will be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series.

Selected books by Tyson

List of books by Tyson:

  • Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2012) ISBN 0-393-08210-5
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet (2009) ISBN 0-393-06520-0
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2007) ISBN 0-393-33016-8
  • The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (1st ed. 2000 / 2nd ed. 2004) ISBN 978-1-59102-188-9
  • Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (co-authored with Donald Goldsmith) (2004) ISBN 0-393-32758-2
  • My Favorite Universe (A twelve part lecture series) (2003) ISBN 1-56585-663-5
  • City of Stars: A New Yorker's Guide to the Cosmos (2002)
  • Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge (2000) ISBN 1-56584-602-8
  • One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (2000) ISBN 0-309-06488-0
  • Just Visiting This Planet (1998) ISBN 0-385-48837-8
  • Universe Down to Earth (1994) ISBN 0-231-07560-X
  • Merlin's Tour of the Universe (1989) ISBN 0-385-48835-1

Personal life

Tyson lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife and two children., 2008, Vimeo, 38:33 mark, accessed March 4, 2011.

Tyson is a fine wine enthusiast whose collection was featured in the May 2000 issue of the Wine Spectator and the Spring 2005 issue The World of Fine Wine.


Tyson has argued that the concept of intelligent design thwarts the advance of scientific knowledge. from PBS When asked if he believed in a higher power, Tyson responded: "Every account of a higher power that I've seen described, of all religions that I've seen, include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence." In an interview on podcast Point of Inquiry, Tyson defined himself as an agnostic.

He has written and broadcast extensively about his views of religion, spirituality, and the spirituality of science including the essays, "The Perimeter of Ignorance" from Tyson's website and "Holy Wars," both appearing in Natural History magazine and the 2006 Beyond Belief workshop. from The Science Network (Monday, November 5) from YouTube Tyson has collaborated with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and presented talks with him on religion and science.

Tyson lived near the World Trade Center and was an eyewitness to the September 11, 2001 attacks. He wrote a widely circulated letter on what he saw. from Tyson's website Footage he filmed on the day was included in the 2008 documentary film 102 Minutes That Changed America.102 Minutes That Changed America (2008)(TV) - Credits

On June 6, 2008, after the conclusion of the Democratic presidential primaries, Tyson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in which he presented a statistical analysis of then recent polling data. From this analysis, Tyson concluded that in a hypothetical election held on the day of the publication of his article, Barack Obama would lose to John McCain, whereas Hillary Clinton would beat McCain.

Tyson collaborated with the organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), on a public service announcement that stated, "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that kindness is a virtue." He also granted PETA an interview, in which he discussed the concept of intelligence (both of human and other animals), the failure of humans to heretofore communicate meaningfully with other animals, and the need of humans to be empathetic.

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