Admin and Founder of The Secrets of the Universe and former intern at Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, I am a science student pursuing Master’s in Physics from India. I love to study and write about Stellar Astrophysics, Relativity& Quantum Mechanics.
This is a guest article by Radhika Bhangar from Maharashtra, India.
If you've ever listened to StarTalk radio then you'll know this astrophysicist with great sense of humor. Neil DeGrasse Tyson a popular science educator and is out to inspire generations of innovators to reach stars.
Here we tried our best to narrow down his 10 quotes on how beautiful it is to study the universe.
1. His view on science
" The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it."
2. A noble pursuit!
" During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants that opportunity to explore - in part because its fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively revolves around us."
3. Investment in science is investment for the future!
" I am trying to convince people - not only public, but the lawmakers and people in power that investing in frontier of science, however remote it may seem in its relevance of what you're doing today, is way of stockpiling the seed corns of future harvests of this nation."
4. Force of nature
"Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival."
5. Humans have capability.
"Asteroids have us in our sight. The dinosaurs didn't have a space program, so they're not here to talk about this problem. We are and have the power to do something about it. I don't want to be embarrassment of the galaxy, to have had power t0 deflect an asteroid, and then not and end up going extinct."
6. The universe is within us!
" We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us."
7. You are tiny in front of the universe's prodigy.
" If your ego starts out, ' I am important, I am big. I am special,' you're in some disappointments where you look around at what we've discovered about the universe. No you're not big. No you're not. You're small in time and in space. And yo have this frail vessel called human body that is limited on Earth."
8. Genetically encoded curiosity!
" It may be that our cosmic curiosity ... is a genetically - encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder."
9. We are connected to the universe.
" Those who see the cosmic perspective as depressing outlook , they really need to reassess on how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm big because I'm connected to universe and the universe is connected to me."
10. You're not alone in this universe.
"Life does not exist anywhere but Earth? It is like filling a cup of water from the ocean and saying there are no whales in the ocean."