Chemistry can lead to some unexpected careers. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson gave a spectacular interview with Daily Show host Jon Stewart on the 23rd of April about his jump from radio to television with his series “Star Talk.” Tyson revealed to the audience that Stewart had in fact majored in chemistry in college, with Stewart adding that his favorite element is carbon, the “slut of the periodic table,” (because it hooks up with so many other elements).
Stewart also had his guest weigh in on a debate that has been waging for decades: who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman? With a chuckle, Tyson immediately endorsed Batman, going on to explain, “At the end of the day, what might matter is the public perception of the superhero and the superhero’s conduct.” While Batman reports to Commissioner Gordon, Superman answers to no Earthly authority. So there you have, straight from the renowned director of the Hayden Planetarium — Batman may not possess the supernatural abilities of Superman, but he is a superhero of the people and for the people.
Stewart then asked about Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new television series, “Star Talk,” which recently made the jump from radio to the National Geographic Channel. Tyson replied, “‘Star Talk’ is about getting people hewn from pop culture and exploring all the ways science has mattered in their lives.” Sounds like a worthy goal, and one shared by Project S.T.E.A.M.
“Star Talk” airs on the National Geographic Channel, Mondays at 11 pm.
Watch Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s interview with John Stewart
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“We only enter the future on the intellectual capital brought to this world by the ‘Geek-o-Sphere!” — Neil DeGrasse Tyson