If everyone else is drinking beer, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson orders a milkshake. If he’s in a boardroom full of people in suits, he spins around in the swivel chairs. And when it snows, he still catches snowflakes. These are some of the ways, Dr. Tyson says, that he has remained childlike at the age of 56. Which is important, because, after all, a scientist “is just a kid who never grew up.”
Though he has been the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1996, Dr. Tyson is now more widely known as the charismatic star of the new version of “Cosmos,” the television series originally hosted by Carl Sagan. He is perhaps the country...
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