February 29, 2020 21

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” with Neil deGrasse Tyson

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” with Neil deGrasse Tyson

When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

21 Replies to ““When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” with Neil deGrasse Tyson”

  • Ladyzelda333 says:

    Since I don't live in New York, I hope I get to see more of these videos.

  • Bob Strassel Jr. says:

    Nice poem and great video. Like the animation.

  • I E TAZ says:

    my star, my perfect silence.

  • Jack Wright says:

    I never liked this poem, as it implies that astronomers are only concerned with facts and figures, being incapable of experiencing great emotions.
    There has been only one astronomer who was like that, the first one I talked to as a freshman majoring in that subject, and he managed to dampen my enthusiasm in just a few minutes. I recovered and got the degree, but I'll always remember the damage such a cynical attitude from an authority figure can do to a person.

  • Paul Somers says:

    One of Whitman's best. And he has a lot of bests.

  • theeyeforgames says:

    I hate this poem "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer". It implies that astronomers are just concerned with facts and stuff. Me personally wanting to be in astrophysics I might be a bit byist but still the mathematics gives you a deeper understanding of it and you dont have the whole picture without understanding the math behind it. Also scientists for the most part want to UNDERSTAND what is going on and by just looking at the stars you dont learn anything. 

  • E W.S. says:

    W.W. Who do ya suppose that is? Willy Wonka? Walter White?

  • Gravy says:

    I miss you Gale!

  • American Museum of Natural History says:

    On this day in 1819, the American poet Walt Whitman was born in Long Island, NY. Among his great works is the poem “When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer” read to you here by the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, our very own Neil deGrasse Tyson with images from the new Space Show Dark Universe.

  • Lucius Vorenus says:

    Who ever doesn't tear up after hearing this poem is dead inside.

  • Bill Freese says:

    Makes me want to go inside and listen to the learn'd astronomer.

  • Objet D'Art says:

    Thank you, sir!

  • Jon says:

    Who says that mathematics and science can't be as beautiful as nature? My issue with this poem (and an astrophysicist reading it) is that science is presented as a contrivance, a hindrance which clouds one's view of the world. It would imply that beauty relies on ignorance and by, for example scientifically understanding something which is naturally beautiful, one is robbing that thing of its beauty. I could not disagree more and would go on to assert that understanding does not destroy beauty and may even deepen one's appreciation of the world.

  • gaurav Singhal says:

    Moral of the poem

  • Statalyzer says:

    When I heard the learn'd poet,
    When the Freudian symbolism, the Biblical allusions, were ranged in columns before me,
    When I was shown the themes and styles, to analyze, categorize,
    and criticize them,
    When I sitting heard the poet where she lectured
    with much applause in the lecture-room,
    How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
    Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
    In the rational dry night-air, and dropped my copy of Leaves of Grass off a cliff,
    And correctly predicted that it would hit the ground in 3.82 seconds.

    ~Scott Aaronson

  • Jason Gruber says:

    I just want to say thank you to Mr Tyson for being the ONLY Scientist to call it Dark Matter by its true label Dark Gravity. It is a shame science has labels unknown gravity as sometime they ASSUME to be causing it without evidence. My hypothesis that Dark Matter is not a WIMP, but maybe is a deformation of space-time by which the curvature of space-time ALONE is the cause of the gravitational effect. Gravity is the consequence of the curvature of space-time. It may be possible that the structure of space-time itself could be warped without the presence of mass. Space-time has been shown to react like a fabric by warping, twisting, and propagating independent of mass. These properties have been proven with observations of gravitational lensing, frame dragging, and now gravitational waves. Fabrics can be stretched, pressured, and/or heated to the point of deformation. Such extreme conditions were all present during inflation, so it is plausible that space-time’s elastic nature could have hit its yield point and permanently deformed. Therefore, if gravity is the consequence of the warping of space-time, and fabrics can be permanently deformed, then a deformation could create a gravitational effect independent of mass. DM could be a microscopic black holes with no mass at the center, so they wouldn't lose their strength via Hawking Radiation.

    Prediction: Spacetime's elastic property hits a yield point, so only that part of geodesic's "stretch marks" would remain after inflation stopped. These steep gravitational wells would not follow the inverse square law.
    They would be steep tiny gravity wells.

  • Ashish Maheshwari says:

    This poem is so good and btw it’s the only poem that has astronomer in the title but not once is the word star used in it!

  • Adrien Bouvard says:

    Dark Universe indeed
    like if you think Dark Universe is a really stupid ending


  • Roflan Papich says:

    to W.W.
    my star, my perfect silence

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