Watch out, we got a badass coming down under! Think Inc. – the folks who brought Dr. Michio Kaku and The ‘Amazing’ James Randi to Australia in 2014 – are thrilled to announce the 2015 return to Australia of astrophysicist, author, celebrity, wrestler, world-recognised badass and one of the very first Think Inc. event guests, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. After a behemoth teenage expression of interest in the universe which caught the attention of legendary astronomer Carl Sagan, young Neil deGrasse Tyson graduated Harvard University where he majored in physics, moving on to Columbia University where he earned Master of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in astrophysics.
In the more public spheres, Tyson is renowned as a science communicator and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (the follow-up to Sagan’s own 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage), and is recognised widely for his views extending outside the realms of science, in his own words governed by two main philosophies: “…know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others.” The author of books such as The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (2000), co-authored Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (2004), and Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2006), Tyson serves as a reminder for the wonders of scientific discovery and the universal interest in, well, the universe. He strives to make science and rational thought accessible to audiences of all ages, genders, nationalities, and professions, with equal parts relevance, reverence, and humour.
Mark the month of August 2015 (or approximately fourteen billion plus 2015) in your Cosmic Calendars, as Dr. Tyson brings his ‘Ship of Imagination’ to Australian audiences, on a mission to progress critical thinking and the importance of science in our modern-day landscapes.
August 7: Melbourne
August 16: Brisbane
August 22: Sydney
August 23: Canberra