Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist and Director,
Hayden Planetarium, New York City
From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the diameter of the observable universe, the scientific measure of objects now span more than forty powers of ten. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will take the audience on a tour though this staggering range of sizes while he highlights the specific domains in which the various laws of physics dominate the behavior of the cosmos.
Neil de Grasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York and a visiting Professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.
He received his first degree in Physics from Harvard University, his MA in Astronomy from the University of Texas, and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University.
In November 13, 2000 he was declared the Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine.
He is especially well known for his monthly column in Natural History magazine and his popular science books, the first of which, Merlin's Tour of the Universe, has been translated into Chinese, Italian, Polish, German, Spanish, and Japanese. His most recent books are the memoir The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (Doubleday, 2000) and One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (Joseph Henry Press, 2000), coauthored with Charles Liu and Robert Irion.