Monday, February 9, 2009

Really space-related

If you were to ask me to choose a living human being to spend a week with in a closed room with no food, no books and no teevee, I would pick Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If you were to tell me that I had to live the rest of my life in one building and never venture outside that building, I would choose the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

I just bought Tyson's new book, The Pluto Files, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I never knew that Uranus was originally named George for the king of England. I had no idea that Tyson was responsible for changing the mnemonic from "My very excellent mother just served us nine prunes" to "My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas."

And I'm only on page 23!

Anyway, Neil, if you read this, my email address is on this blog. Call me if you're ever forced to pick someone to spend a week in a room with you. I'll bring the beer.