On Wednesday the 15th, Bill Nye—known from my childhood as the Science Guy—spoke at Diddle Arena. He discussed his family history, specifically talking about his father’s interest in sundials and how this would influence Bill’s work as a scientist.
One theme Nye revisited throughout his speech involved our ability to change the world. Specifically, Nye implored his audience to appreciate science as a way to understand the universe, the problems that plague our planet and society, and find ways to solve them. It was all part of Nye’s discussion about scientific literacy and why it is so important to have a scientifically literate populace.
How does science affect us English majors, and why is it so important we keep up with scientific trends? Bill Nye touched upon topics such as near-Earth asteroids and climate change, two issues that affect life on our planet. See, Bill Nye didn’t just challenge us to change the world, but to save it, and he said science is a way to make that happen. He said we need real science, the kind of science with evidence and theories and peer review.
But how can we English majors help science? Continue reading