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The sexiest astrophysicist alive comes to Canberra

Emily Allen

“One of my goals is to bring the universe down to Earth in a way that further excites the audience to want more.”

One of the biggest names in science and astrophysics is coming to Canberra on 23 August as part of National Science Week.

Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson has been described as “The world’s favourite astrophysicist”, the “Sexiest astrophysicist alive”, is the author of 10 books, a science communicator at heart, and credits America’s obsession with space whilst growing up to leading him to extensively study this field at universities such as Harvard, Columbia and Princeton.

He’s completed a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in astronomy, a master’s and doctorate in astrophysics as well as being a postdoctoral research associate.

Not only that, he has been editor-in-chief of the Physics Science Journal, staff scientist and subsequently director at the Hayden Planetarium, visiting lecturer and science researcher at the Princeton faculty, essayist for Natural History magazine and columnist for Star Date magazine. He’s hosted podcasts and television series, most recently Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.

Phew! We’re beginning to understand where his nicknames originated.

An Evening with Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson is the first event to be held in Canberra by Think Inc. Suzi Jamil and Desh Amila believe our city is a very important place to showcase talent.

“Canberra is such an intellectually dense part of Australia, not to mention the fact that it’s the capital of our country. (Dr deGrasse Tyson) is the biggest talent that we have brought to Australia yet; he is selling out huge venues across the country and it’s great that we’re able to bring him to Canberra,” says Suzi.

Dr Tyson once famously said, “One of my goals is to bring the universe down to Earth in a way that further excites the audience to want more.” He believes in breaking down barriers between scientists and the general public and that’s why this show really does promise to bring something to the table for everyone; whether or not you have a science (or astrophysics) background or interest.

“The thing with Dr Tyson is that he is such a cool guy, he’s a real badass you know. He’s got this strong, baritone voice, every time you hear his voice you just want to listen,” says Suzi.

Desh believes it is vital that scientific speakers in the intellectual sphere are brought to Canberra as well as other major cities in wider Australia.

“That may be an elusive dream in the short term, but I think in the long term we will be able to do it. This format isn’t exactly new, but the way we are positioning it and the people we are involving, we are making it quite appealing to the wider audience.”

“Our events attract quite a large number of people even though the subject matter may be dense. People like Dr Tyson, his ability to speak to an audience with relatively scientific content, it makes it quite interesting.”

“In today’s world, because of the Global Financial Crisis and many other reasons, space and space exploration is something that has taken a bit of a back seat. But people like Dr Tyson, he is able to spark the imagination of another generation.”

the essentials

What: An Evening With Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
When: Sunday 23 August, 6:00pm
Tickets: premier.ticketek.com.au

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Emily Allen

Emily has a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing and a subsequent Diploma of Music Industry (Business) after playing in a local orchestra for a number of years. Emily works at the ANU's School of Music and is currently the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT and the Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for the Canberra Multicultural Fringe. These role sees her combine her passion for social media, writing, music and arts administration. More about the Author

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