Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist
This is the absorbing story of Neil de Grasse Tyson’s lifelong fascination with the night sky, a restless wonder that began some thirty years ago on the roof of his Bronx apartment building and eventually led him to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium.
A unique chronicle of a young man who at one time was both nerd and jock, Tyson’s memoir could well inspire other similarly curious youngsters to pursue their dreams.
In this Howard Hughes Medical Institute program, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the PBS program NOVA, and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, sits down with Dr. Thomas Cech, president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to discuss his own illuminating experiences as a graduate student, and how he became interested in science.
Tyson also discusses his outreach success in making science accessible to the general public.