My discussion with Neil allowed the public, for the first time I think, to hear what drives two well-established science communicators to do what they do
PHOENIX (PRWEB) October 11, 2019
When The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss launched June 21st of this year, simultaneously releasing conversations with Ricky Gervais, Noam Chomsky and Jennifer Finney Boylan, it was clear that there was something different about how this new video podcast is connecting science and culture.
Since that first release The Origins Podcast has featured a unique array of famous scientists, celebrities, journalists, musicians and writers in in-depth conversations about not only their own origins, but topics ranging from climate change and space exploration to current challenges with democracy, women’s rights, and free speech.
This latest episode brings together two of the most well-known popular scientists in the country, with guest Neil deGrasse Tyson and host Lawrence Krauss. Krauss, rose to public prominence with his bestselling book, The Physics of Star Trek, combined with his vocal effort to combat the teaching of intelligent design in the classroom. His public atheism was highlighted in the film The Unbelievers, which followed Krauss and his colleague, the biologist, author and leading atheist writer Richard Dawkins, around the world as they promoted science and reason. It was further promoted by his New York Times bestselling science book, A Universe from Nothing, which described the modern revolution in cosmology that suggests there is no need for any supernatural intrusions to create an entire universe from nothing. Tyson, astrophysicist, science communicator and renowned director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, has reached a level of popular celebrity normally reserved for Hollywood stars. His celebrated podcast and television series StarTalk led to his hosting a modern and highly publicized and praised television reboot of Carl Sagan’s famous Cosmos series, as well as his book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year.
In this episode Tyson and Krauss discuss not only the challenges and opportunities of communicating science to the public, but also how science, like art, can cause people to reassess their place in the cosmos. Tyson reveals the early influences on his own work, and surprisingly points out that few teachers encouraged his excitement about physics and astronomy. The two scientists also discuss and debate such topics as the need for humor and the unexpected in both art and science, and the geopolitical basis of human space exploration.
“My discussion with Neil allowed the public, for the first time I think, to hear what drives two well-established science communicators to do what they do,” said Krauss. “My hope is that by humanizing this process, we might encourage more young people to think of science as a career, while at the same time encouraging more people to simply enjoy the cosmos. Neil is a towering presence, both literally and metaphorically, in this regard, and bringing him on the show allowed me to take him to places that I think may be new for his fans to learn about, while at the same time hopefully creating new fans, not just of Neil, but of the cultural contribution of science itself.”
While Krauss would not reveal who will appear in upcoming episodes, he indicated that upcoming guests of the podcast will include a Nobel Prize winning scientist, as well as a National Medal of Science winner, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a National Book Award winner, a Tony Award winning Director, an Academy Award winning director, and an Academy Award nominated actor and writer.
About The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss: The Origins Podcast features in-depth video-recorded conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world about the issues that impact all of us in the 21st century. Host, theoretical physicist, lecturer, and author, Lawrence M. Krauss, will be joined by guests from a wide range of fields, including science, the arts, and journalism. The topics discussed on The Origins Podcast reflect the full range of the human experience – exploring science and culture in a way that seeks to entertain, educate, and inspire. For more information, visit https://theoriginspodcast.com or email email@example.com.