Science, in it's most basic sense, is the attempt to explain the natural world. Looking towards more lofty goals—it allows us to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. It tell us how we came to be, and it can give us a pretty good idea of where we are heading.

Neil deGrasse Tyson became entranced with science and astronomy as a child, after he visited a planetarium. Shortly thereafter, he gained some fame in the astronomy community by giving lectures on the subject at the age of fifteen. Unfortunately for Carl Sagan, who wished to recruit Tyson to study at Cornell University, Tyson decided instead to attend Harvard University, where he eventually earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics in 1980.

Three years later, In 1983, he went on to receive his ‘Master of Arts’ degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. In the following years, while under the supervision of Professor Michael Rich at Columbia University, he received both a Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in astrophysics.

In recent years, he has become an educator in the truest sense of the word. He works to increase scientific literacy to create a more informed public, and through this endeavor, he has inspired a generation.

Here, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains 10 reasons why science is such a worthy pursuit and you should consider giving it a go...

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