Neil deGrasse Tyson and Three Other Top Celebrity Astrophysicists

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The last episode of Cosmos ended with Carl Sagan’s famous “pale blue dot speech” that describes the smallness of earth in the vast sea of space. Now many viewers of the show wonder whether there will be a second season of Cosmos. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the show’s host, has cast doubts on whether he will be available to host another season of the acclaimed science documentary show. He told reporters that the show had prevented him from spending quality time with his family and that is why he does not have any intentions to make another season. Neil deGrasse Tyson also said that he would be glad if someone else wanted to host the show if it is renewed for a second season. The show has been quite successful and in case Fox decides to create a second season there are a number of TV scientists it could approach to host the show. Below are top three Astrophysicists who have hosted science shows:

Michio Kaku is not just one of the major proponents of a “Theory of Everything” but also a best-selling author, a science show host and a figure skater. Kaku also teaches physics at the City University of New York. He has hosted several documentaries on the Science Channel, Discovery Channel and BBC-TV. One of his best shows was a 12 episode TV series called Physics of the Impossible. In the show he speculates on how science could be used to construct starships, intelligent robots, light sabres, and force fields. The show aired on TV in 2009-2010. Kaku’s great love for science since childhood is what made him the man he is today. He once built a 2.3 million volt atom smasher betatronic accelerator in his backyard garage for his high-school science fair project.

Brian Cox is a jack of all trades, much like Katz. He is an astrophysicist, a professor and a former rock star of the Things can Only get Better fame. Cox also acts as an unofficial recruiter for young scientists and advocates strongly for public broadcasting. He has been known to use unconventional methods to demonstrate scientific concepts, which analysts cite as the reason behind a rising interest in science among British high school students. Cox hosts a BBC science show called Wonders of the Solar System. In the show, he visits the most extreme locations on the planet to explain how the laws of physics created natural wonders across the solar system. He has also appeared on a number of science documentaries from the PBS program NOVA.

Brian Greene is a professor of mathematics and physics at Columbia University. He has made many scientifically important discoveries in superstring theory and has been described as one of the best explainers of complicated scientific prospects. Greene is also an accomplished author of several bestselling books. His recent books, The Hidden Reality and The Fabric of the Cosmos appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. He  has also hosted two science shows with Neil deGrasse Tyson for NOVA based on these two books. In The Fabric of the Cosmos series, he explains new theories of time and space that are changing enduring perceptions of the universe. Greene has also given science talks at TED.

These three scientists are famous for the way they break scientific ideas in ways people can easily understand. Just like Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is now thinking of going for a vacation, these celebrity scientists also have a genuine belief in science and scientific methods of analysis.

By Michael Obunga

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