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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:58 pm 
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John Hodgman guest hosts this interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the host of NOVA scienceNOW and director of the Hayden Planetarium, and is working on a Cosmos reboot to come in 2013 (in part produced by Seth MacFarlane).

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:09 pm 
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Neil Degrasse Tyson seems like the most likeable guy.

Also, this Hodgman guy is doing a great job. If he keeps it up, I think he might make a name for himself.


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Another great interview by Hodgman!

Neil Degrasse Tyson is so passionate about astronomy and science in general that it's infectious. That's something that this world needs more of and I'm glad Fox and Seth Macfarlane decided to bring Cosmos to a new audience. I look forward to it.

One question I wonder in followup comes from what Mr. Degrasse Tyson said about the change in nomenclature from astronomer in Sagan's heyday to astrophysicist now. What prompted the change in terms? Is there a difference at all? Like all astrophysicists are astronomers, but not all astronomers are astrophysicists?

I'll take my answer off the air.

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wikipedia wrote:
Historically, astronomy was more concerned with the classification and description of phenomena in the sky, while astrophysics attempted to explain these phenomena and the differences between them using physical laws. Today, that distinction has mostly disappeared and the terms "astronomer" and "astrophysicist" are interchangeable.


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Awesome interview. I suggested Dr Tyson about two years ago. I imagine this was done specifically for me. Thanks!!


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