Bill Nye talk brief

Bill Nye the Science Guy’s talk, “You Can Change the World”, was a huge success the evening of Friday, September 21. The turnout for the talk was so great that the people managing Stephens Auditorium had to turn people away.

The overall theme of the talk was how people are contributing negatively and positively to the environment, how our society is consuming resources and what changes we can make to make the world a better place to live. He explained these things to the audience while keeping the presentation of the subject matter characteristically entertaining.

Nye begins by talking about his parents. His mother was a codebreaker during World War II and his father was a sundial enthusiast.

Nye spoke at length about sundials and the importance of society being able to tell and track time. “Clocks and calendars have changed society more than wheels have.” He said.

He also spoke about the recent landing of the Mars Rover and how important it is to explore space and the other planets in our solar system and beyond in order to find out more about ourselves. Nye predicted, “It is not impossibly impossible that in the next two years the Mars Rover would drive up Mt. Sharp and find fossils.”

Nye explained many alternative ways in which we could generate, store and use power. He comments, “We could send power all over America and, dare I say it, change the world!”