Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is arguably one of the most popular and high-profile scientists on the scene today. Echoing his mentor Carl Sagan, Tyson has long advocated for a more science literate society, warning of the implications of confusing science with belief.
His passion for science and earnest wonderment of the cosmos makes him the natural successor in the remake of the iconic Cosmos series that Sagan created in the 1980s. In the decades since Sagan first aired Cosmos, the reality of climate change has come into full bloom, just as those who deny it.
In the remake, Tyson takes climate change, and the dogmatic rejection of science in general, head-on. And why not? Tyson’s unapologetic stance evolution vs. creationism, science vs. belief, planet Pluto vs. planetoid Pluto makes him a perfect spokesman to push back against climate denial.
Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. – Carl Sagan