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Neil deGrasse Tyson Holds Press Conference Before Lecture


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Written by: Samantha WhitingOctober 21, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press conference at IPFW prior to accepting open questions in a physics class and giving a public lecture on Oct. 21.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interest in astrophysics began developing when he was nine and his parents took him to different museums, operas, and various cultural shows on the weekends. “Adults are always asking you that annoying question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I actually had an answer to that by the time I was eleven. I want to be an astrophysicist,” Tyson said.

Growing up in New York City, the stars were not often visible for Tyson to observe. His only clear views of the sky were at the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Tyson also mentioned that he believes everyone should be updated on what is going on in the universe at least once a year. “To know, where is that asteroid that is headed towards us? You want to know that I think,” Tyson said.

Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed how science is involved in everything we have in life. “If you can find an economy that’s growing without science, it has been touched by science in some way.”

When asked what he hoped students would take from his lecture Tyson answered that he expects they will enjoy conversation about cosmic discovery. “So that at the end of the night they might have something else to talk about at the bar. They might get into a fistfight over the status of Pluto as a planet. I think there should be more bar fights about scientific topics,” Tyson said.

Following the press conference, Tyson visited with students in the physics department and hosted an open question and answer session. His public lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center.