Last night during a speech at the University of Southern California, Bill Nye — yes, The Science Guy — collapsed … twice. It was all kind of weird, onlookers reported. He collapsed once while walking to the podium, but after 10 seconds hopped right back up and pushed on. Later, during his speech, he started slurring his words and then, boom, he was down again.
The second time paramedics were called in.
The rock star of science is fine today, he tells the public. He says he had just pushed himself too hard with an early morning satellite conference and a late night speech. Good thing he’s going to pull through. Nye is an important science educator, someone who has worked for decades to get and keep kids interested in science and also managed to get adults excited about it too.
Bill Nye’s collapse is a reminder that some other science minds need to step forward to bring physics and biology and the scientific method to the masses.
Nye is less well-known today than he was in the 90s, but he’s still bringing the fun of the physical world to the masses. Currently, he is host of three television programs: the Science Channel’s “100 Greatest Discoveries,” PBS’s “The Eyes of Nye,” and a show on Planet Green called “Stuff Happens.”
His next project according to his website, sounds great. It’s called “Solving for X” and, in addition to showing viewers “how to do algebra along with the P, B, & J the Passion, Beauty, and Joy of math,” could finally answer the question to all those doubters who ask why they need to know algebra.
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