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Called by the Universe

A conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

July 23, 2009
Neil deGrasse Tyson


To celebrate the re-booting of Carl Sagan's landmark series "Cosmos", this is an-depth conversation between new series host Neil DeGrasse Tyson and TSN Director Roger Bingham. It was filmed during the planning stages of the new series and shortly after Tyson had published his book "demoting" Pluto. It explores Tyson's views on science literacy and communication, features his famous rebuke of Richard Dawkins (together with Dawkins' unexpected response), his passion for Isaac Newton, and his hopes for young scientists.

More Tyson on TSN:

  • Tyson's debut on TSN during the first Beyond Belief meeting
  • His impassioned memory later in the meeting of being "called by the universe"
  • Tyson and Sagan's wife Ann Druyan on an ASU Origins panel about Science and Society (with Hugh Downs, Claudia Dreifus and Lucy Hawking)
  • Another conversation with Tyson in New York City, in the course of which he delivered a crushing indictment of Bill O'Reilly (a segment that went viral on YouTube and has been seen almost 3 Million times)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. His research interests include the structure of our Milky Way, star formation, exploding stars and dwarf galaxies. Tyson was appointed by President Bush twice. First in 2001 to serve on a twelve member commission to study the future of the US Aerospace Industry and second in 2004 to serve on a nine member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy. Tyson was also appointed to serve on the Advisory Council by the head of NASA. Tyson hosted the PBS series NOVA Science Now and a Radio Show with comedienne Lynne Koplitz called Star Talk. He has also written dozens of publications and nine books including his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist and his most recent, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet. He is host of the new reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark series Cosmos.