“I got a phone call from the Abraham Lincoln Library Foundation, and they asked me, would I mind composing 272 words of my own reflecting on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? I’m going to read you what I wrote…”

Animated for Gates Notes, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson shares a speech that he composed to celebrate The National Academy of Sciences, which Lincoln chartered in the same year he delivered the Gettysburg Address: 1863. He also names a few science disciplines that have (or still can) revolutionize the way we live, and explains how important it is for governments to understand and champion science.

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