The Storytelling of Science

Some of the biggest names in popular science came together for a panel as part of the Origins Project at ASU. Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Brian Greene, Ira Flatow, Neil Stephenson, Tracy Day and Lawrence Krauss shared some of their favorite stories about science. I’ve always enjoyed how the folklore of science can grant humanity and pathos to what might otherwise be viewed as an austere subject. The stories shared by the participants are at once entertaining and inspiring.

Following the presentations by the panelists, the floor was opened up for questions. The subsequent discussion among the panelists ran the gamut of topics from the politics of science to philosophy. They hit upon some of my favorite topics such as the role of governmental funding in basic research, the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the sciences, and the perils of watering down science for popular consumption.

Part I of the video shows the prepared presentations, while Part II includes the lively and informal responses to audience questions.

Will Rosenbaum

Saarbrücken, Germany

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