All Site Posts

Fear of Numbers Read

Natural History Magazine

A review of all the ways society exhibits its fear of number, including the absence of a 13th floor in many office buildings.

The Horror, The Horror Read

First-hand account of the WTC attacks and subsequent evacuation from Lower Manhattan residence. A heavily forwarded e-mail that became the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal a week later on the widespread use of the web to communicate the tragic news of the day.

World Trade Center 2001 & 2002 Look

World Trade Center

Assorted camcorder frames and other stills of the World Trade Center, taken within blocks of my home in lower Manhattan, itself four blocks from Ground Zero. © Neil deGrasse Tyson

Over the Rainbow Read

Natural History Magazine

The study of spectra is the most important means by which we decode the nature of the universe.

By Any Other Name Read

Natural History Magazine

A rant about jargon, with persistent comparisons between the transparent, polysyllabic words of astronomy "Red Giant", "Big bang" and the intractable words of nearly every other scientific discipline, including medicine.

Cosmic Horizons Buy

Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge edited by Steven Soter and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Leading experts explain the discoveries of modern astrophysics in an illustrated companion to the American Museum of Natural History's newly renovated Rose Center for Earth and Space. Cosmic Horizons illuminates the most recent discoveries of modern astrophysics with essays by leading astronomers, including NASA scientists.

Coming to Our Senses Read

Natural History Magazine

A study of how modern understanding of the universe comes to us through methods, tools, and tactics that extend far beyond our native five senses to detect.

The Beginning of Science Read

Natural History Magazine

A strong rebuttal to the widely cited book "The End of Science" by John Horgan.

Pluto's Not a Planet? Only in New York Read

The New York Times

The article by Kenneth Chang form the New York Times that first noted that Pluto was missing from the planets hanging in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Destiny in Space Read

The New York Times

A comparison of our achievements in space compared to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.