It’s a random question I ask my wife occasionally. While she almost never has an answer, the specific answer is not the point, the fact that you never hear a question like this that is the point.
Most people I know have a favorite actor or actress or band or singer or football player or other of celebrity. But nobody has a favorite astrophysicist, molecular biologist, chemist, etc… In fact most of my friends would never even think of the question, much less formulate an answer.
So this post is to introduce you, dear reader, to MY favorite astrophysicist.
The following video is a talk from Neil deGrasse Tyson at Beyond Belief 2006. He makes a number of very good points on various topics, and I don’t want to influence your watching the video, so I’ll save my thoughts for the comments.