The Neil deGrasse Tyson Event, Part 3: Deuteronomy (or Dude-eronomy)

The a capella group wraps up, and someone stands up to introduce the man: blah, blah, blah, Hayden Planetarium, blah, blah, blah, Pluto, blah, blah, blah, new book. For his part, Dr. Tyson basically does the high-five line down to the stage and gets right into it:

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking at UW-Madison

Watch/listen to the whole thing. It’s worth your time. Here are a few highlights:

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us about butt cheeks

Neil deGrasse Tyson hears from a member of Congress

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about money

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets a little distracted

Neil deGrasse Tyson knows you better than you know yourself… and stops to tweet about it

Neil deGrasse Tyson wraps up the talk

Neil deGrasse Tyson chills for a bit

Neil deGrasse Tyson slaps an idiot; I love this part

Neil deGrasse Tyson rolls with it

Neil deGrasse Tyson slaps another guy

Neil deGrasse Tyson tries for one last question

Neil deGrasse Tyson tries again, and again, and again, and finally gets a good one from a brilliant 10-year old in the back:

Why didn’t you go to work with Dr. (Carl) Sagan?

That’s right, Dillon got to ask the last question of the day, and he was ready for it! I could not have been more proud of him. He stood up, swallowed his considerable anxiety, and braved it! So. Very. Proud.

With the talk finished, we hustle off toward the Union to get in line for the book signing. Initially, we thought we were very clever in taking a shortcut to the second floor, but our hopes were dashed when we realized that the second floor doors were locked.

Back down to the first floor, and the end of a 90-minute line with only 30 minutes of book signing time remaining…

How round IS your circle

Thank to Mike over at for sending this along:

Favorite: Solid of constant width at around 2:30, and Chebyshev’s Linkage around 3:40. Also, the slotted elipses made me wonder if there is a practical application for locomotion?