Science capturing the public's imagination

"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their minds. Communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson popularize astrophysics in such a way that the audience feels at ease with scientific jargon or conversations of the universe. In his new book "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," he promises this level of conversation for a non-scientific audience. Everyone develops a kind of understanding similar to theirs, and it's more of a shared appreciation than a test of intelligence.