Ever wonder about the our vast, mysterious universe — but don’t have time to earn that PhD?
Superstar scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson has come to the rescue with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, the brilliantly witty guide you’ve been waiting for. See the world-famous director of the Hayden Planetarium in person at 92Y as he takes us on a mind-expanding tour of the cosmos — with the humor and insight he’s beloved for. From the Big Bang to black holes, discover the great beyond with its best interpreter.
Neil deGrasse Tyson will sign copies of his book, Astrophysics in a Hurry, following the event. Book included in ticket price.
Neil deGrasse Tyson earned his BA in physics from Harvard and his PhD in astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson’s professional research interests are broad but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way. In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the future of the US aerospace industry. In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a nine-member commission on the implementation of United States space exploration policy, dubbed the Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine and is the author of 10 books, including his memoir, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith; Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller; and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship.
Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ now one of public radio’s most popular shows. It is carried on more than 500 radio stations and its podcasts are downloaded over 5 million times each month. He is also the author of the “Curiously Krulwich” blog, featured on National Geographic, where he illustrates hard-to-fathom concepts in science using drawings, cartoons, videos and more.
For 22 years, Krulwich was a science, economics, general assignment and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News. Krulwich has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide. His specialty is explaining complex subjects, science, technology, economics, in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. On television he has explored the structure of DNA using a banana; on radio he created an Italian opera, Ratto Interesso to explain how the Federal Reserve regulates interest rates; he also pioneered the use of new animation on ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight.
He has won Emmy awards for a cultural history of Barbie, the world famous doll, for a Frontline investigation of computers and privacy, a George Polk and an Emmy for a look at the Savings & Loan bailout, and the 2010 Essay Prize from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Krulwich also won the AAAS Science Journalism Award for a 2001 a NOVA Special, Cracking the Code of Life, The Extraordinary Communicator Award from the National Cancer Institute and an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award. Krulwich earned a BA in history from Oberlin College, a law degree from Columbia University in 1974.