10 people who will instill in you the love of science

Video that the spacecraft “Phil” descended on the comet Churyumov – Gerasimenko, gathered on YouTube 200 thousand views. A clip by Katy Perry on the song This is How We Do collected 200 million. We are much more willing to consume entertainment, rather than educational content. How to change this? Make science interesting.

People, which I will discuss below, are just doing it. They are popularizers of science, telling about it so exciting and interesting that in 10 minutes you will forget about Kim Kardashian’s ass, stupid reality shows and groups in social networks, which, it seems to me, have long been seized by secret societies in order to stupefy us before full limit.

Carl Sagan


What to see: the series “Space: personal journey”, the film and the book “Contact”, a lecture by Karl Sagan about religion.

One of the greatest popularizers of science. Sagan’s scientific field was astrophysics and astronomy, but most people who are not connected with science, he was more remembered as the creator of the series “Space: personal journey” and science fiction novel “Contact”. But Sagan did another remarkable thing – he helped to enter the science of Neil Degrass Tyson, about which I will describe below.

Neil Degrass Tyson


What to see: the series “Space: Space and Time”, the article “The Perimeter of Ignorance” (translation), the TV series “The Universe”.

Perhaps Tyson is the most charismatic scientist I’ve ever seen. And the series “Cosmos”, and the article “Perimeter of ignorance” will make an indelible impression on you and, possibly, change your attitude to science and religion. Tyson considers his mentor Karl Sagan.

When Neil was still a high school student, Sagan invited him to his chair, gave him a bunch of signed books and took him to the bus. That day there was a violent blizzard, so Carl gave Neel a home phone number and said to call if the bus does not arrive. According to Tyson, this moment he remembered for life. The moment when one of the greatest scientists was so responsive. Then Tyson promised himself that he would become the same.

Morgan Freeman


What to see: “Through space and time with Morgan Freeman.”

No, not a namesake and not a namesake. The same Morgan Freeman also served as a popularization of science, becoming the host of a very steep series “Through space and time with Morgan Freeman.” Five seasons of physics, astronomy and quantum mechanics, together with the remarkable story of Freeman and incredible graphics, will make it possible to learn much more about space. And to understand that we do not know anything about him.

Stephen Hawking


What to read: books “The Shortest History of Time”, “The World in a Nutshell”.

Even people who are not interested in science know Stephen Hawking. Unlike everyone, eccentric and almost helpless physically, he is at the same time one of the most brilliant people of our time. For people like us who are uninitiated in science, his book “The Shortest History of Time” – the re-edition of the previous book, in which Hawking as simply as possible language tells how the universe was born, about black holes, quantum physics and string theory .

Isaac Asimov


What to read: a series of books “Founding”, a collection of short stories “I, the robot”, the story “A Bicentennial Man.”

Isaac Asimov is one of the most famous science fiction writers. His books are not only interesting from the point of view of space fiction, but also served as a science. For example, three laws of robotics were formulated by Azimov in the story “Horovod”.

Mitio Kaku


What to see: the series “How the Universe is Constructed”, the book “Parallel Worlds”.

One of those people, the transfer of which I was waiting for on Discovery at a time when I was watching TV. In the series “How the Universe is Constructed,” Mithio speaks in simple language … about how the universe is arranged. The series consists of three seasons, and the average rating of 9 points out of 10 on “Kinoopiske” and IMDB says that the series is definitely worth it to see it.

Richard Dawkins


What to read: book “The Selfish Gene”.

The field of activity of Dawkins is evolutionary biology. The book “The Selfish Gene” can be compared to Hawking’s “Shortest History of Time”: both books tell the uninitiated reader in plain language about science. In The Selfish Gene, Dawkins writes about evolution, how living beings adapt to the environment and why we are just the way they are.

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

What to see: the film “Interstellar”.

To learn about as many people as possible about science, it needs to be made interesting for the mass audience. This is what Nolan managed to do with the help of Interstellar. As a consultant on physics and astrophysics, a physicist and astronomer Kip Thorn was hired. Many scientists said that this is one of the most scientifically sound modern films about outer space.

Adam Savage and Jamie Heinemann


What to see: the series Destroyers of Legends.

If you have not seen “Destroyers of Legends”, then be sure to look. In the series, Adam Savage and Jamie Heinemann are debunked or, conversely, confirm various scientific and pseudo-scientific myths. Is it possible to get out of a sinking car? Can I light a match with a bullet? Are elephants afraid of mice? These and many other myths will be tested in the series.

Tell us about the works that instilled in you a love of science. It does not matter what it is: a book, an article, a series, a film – share your knowledge, like the people we talked about above.