The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, irreverent tweetervanquisher of Plutofrequent Stephen Colbert foil — is America’s “It” Nerd.

Tyson’s ascension to America’s foremost nerd is a testament to his undeniable charisma and ability to make complicated ideas accessible to laypeople. But some of that’s by default, because, really, who else might even be in contention for it? (Bill Nye, perhaps?)

But Tyson’s current stature is unlikely for another reason: he’s a black astrophysicist, as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.

Read more on NPR’s Code Switch.

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