11 Mar '17, 7pm

Abraham Lincoln was a champion of U.S. science @neiltyson Interview @StarTalkRadio

Abraham Lincoln was a champion of U.S. science @neiltyson Interview @StarTalkRadio

Abraham Lincoln is best known for abolishing slavery and keeping the United States together through the Civil War, but he also helped the country become the scientific and engineering powerhouse we know today. For example, Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862, creating a system of land-grant colleges and universities that revolutionized higher education in the United States, notes famed astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson. "Known also as the people's colleges, they were conceived with the idea that they would provide practical knowledge and science in a developing democratic republic," Tyson, the director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City, writes in an editorial that appeared online Nov. 19 in the journal Science. Notable land-grant institutions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornel...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/abraham-li...

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