This week I gave a talk at the American Museum of Natural History – or as people here call it: The Museum. It’s an extraordinary environment for a scientist to work in. And giving a talk there in front of the researchers, students and curators was definitely a great experience. Unfortunately, the museum’s by far most famous curator, Neil deGrasse Tyson was not there, which seems to be the common case for science talks at the museum. His job is giving astronomy a voice (at which he’s just amazing, also literally as he’s the narrator for the Hayden Planetarium’s new show “The Dark Universe” which I can highly recommend!), but not contributing actively any more. Among the witnesses of my talk was also Galileo Galilei, staring at me from an original painting some 350 years old. I say it again: it was quite an experience!


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