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— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via moriartyandcrumpets)
…don’t ever forget that!
And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
Truth from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, he of great wisdom.
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This man is invaluable. Let’s elect him King of the World and kick back to watch him fix things so everything works.
No, let’s all work hard and learn more science so he has some backup to turn to when he retires!
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via physicsphysics)
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- Stephen Colbert : Is there anything in science to you that is beautiful or rather what is the most beautiful thing that you know of in science?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson : E=mc²
- Stephen Colbert : Really?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson : Oh it's awesome, it is
- Stephen Colbert : So that equation doesn't just have a great publicist, it's actually...
- Stephen Colbert : Because everybody knows it, but also everybody knows Coke, you know, It's like the Coca Cola of science
- Neil deGrasse Tyson : You learn E=mc² before you even know what any of those symbols mean. You hear it in elementary school!
- Stephen Colbert : What is beautiful about E=mc² ? First of all tell everybody what all the pieces mean
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: ''E'' stands for energy, ''m'' is mass, c² is just the speed of light squared. That's just.. ignore that for the moment. The thrust of that equation is that energy and mass are equivalent to each other, which means you can transmute one into the other and back. What makes it extraordinary is that it hardly even happens in our everyday lifes, yet it's going on all the time in the rest of the universe. If it did happen in our everyday lifes, the world would be different ; light coming from your bulb would all of a sudden pop into a particle, would come by and pop back into light again... It goes on in the center of the sun, it went on at the Big Bang, it goes on throughout the universe wherever it's hot and heavy.
- Stephen Colbert: but what is beautiful about it to you?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: It's simple, it's simple yet it accounts for hugely complex things and for me that is where the beauty lies in the truth. If i had to give you a complex theory to understand a complex phenomenon, you know, send me home, because what's the point? Now there's no tablet in the sky that said it has to be simple to end up being complex. It's just a remarkable fact about the universe, so why not celebrate it? The fact that pi... the fact that you take a circle of any size, a circle that has the size of the universe itself and divide it by its own radius and you get that number.. that's beautiful. I have to pause, and i get misty thinking about it.. The atoms and molecules in your body are traceable to the crucibles in the centers of stars that manufactured these elements over its lifespan, went unstable, on death, exploding, enriched guts across the galaxy scattering it into gas clouds that would ultimately collapse and make a star and have the right ingredients to make planets and people. Which means we are a part of this universe, as i've said many times and this goes back, not only are we in the universe but the universe is in us