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Does "Science" need more spokesmen?
Just something that this wonderful little clip made me think of:
When it comes to Astronomy, Astrophysics and the like, we've had some great people (Sagan, Tyson, Hawking) trying to condense the vast amount of information in these fields in order to provide the general public with a better insight into it - in the process hopefully making them understand the importance of continued scientific progress.
But where are the Sagans of other fields such as biology, mathematics and more?
I know that Dawkins have written some pretty inspiration stuff on the topic of evolution, but a lot of what he does gets tangled up in the greater atheist/science/religion debate he take part of. Then there's the fact that space is in itself even without people like Sagan telling us how awesome it is, people have always looked up in the nightsky and marvelled at it - these spokesmen just takes it so much further.
I guess that's the problem, how do you make people interested in mathematics when it's such an abstract field and not as "tangible" as space (as silly as that sounds)?
How do you draw them in as easily as Sagan does when it comes to space?
Maybe it's just a matter of there simply not having been any truly charismatic spokesmen for these unaccounted fields, or maybe the nature of these fields make them much harder to sell in to the average joe.
And this is just my opinion, but no one has really reached the height of Sagan so it's not as if it'd hurt if another Sagan popped up for Astronomy and Astrophysics .