Clash of the Scientists: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Brian Greene Rumble

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April 11 2013 12:07 PM

Clash of the Scientists: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Brian Greene Rumble

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The panel, before it came to blows

Photo by Andy DeLisle/Arizona State University.

Science disputes can be ugly, but they aren’t often physical—even in jest.

However, a couple of weeks ago, at a panel at Arizona State University, science all-stars Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Brian Greene* came to mock blows over … motives for funding scientific research. 

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It’s like a nerdy WWE, and it’s glorious.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

It all went down at a panel titled “The Storytelling of Science,” which also featured Tracy Day, Ira Flatow, Lawrence Krauss, and Neal Stephenson. You can read more about it on Future Tense, or you can watch the whole discussion: Part 1 is here (87 minutes) and Part 2 is here (45 minutes).

Disclosure: ASU is a partner in Future Tense with Slate and the New America Foundation.

Correction, April 11, 2013: This post originally misspelled Brian Greene's last name.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies. Follow her on Twitter.