At this point, many of us will let astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson do pretty much whatever he wants. We can, and often do, listen to the man go on about space and science and other topics for extended periods of time. But what if he started setting his scientific rampages to song? That might be a little too far — though it might open him up to a whole new demographic — but it could look something like the video above. Thanks, Internet. What would we do to entertain ourselves without you?
Someone out there in the vast landscape of cyberspace took tracks of deGrasse Tyson talking and laid them over some sick beats. Okay, the beats aren’t particularly sick, but the end result is what may be best described as scientific spoken-word poetry.
The track hits on a wide variety of deGrasse’s favorite topics. There’s a bit about the the multiverse; the geology of Mars, and how life on Earth could have been preceded by life on the Red Planet; and how travelling through a black hole would give you a view of the future. The way this is edited together, his words fit remarkably well with the music. He does have an air of the poetic when he talks, which is addressed near the end of this video.
You also get a visual of deGrasse Tyson aboard “The Funky Space Blimp.” Given his penchant for dissecting the physics behind many a science fiction creation — like when he debunked the USS Enterprise being able to stay submerged in the ocean in Star Trek Into Darkness — he might have something to say about the feasibility of such an endeavor.