Rich Galen

Both Feynman and Sagan had the gift of being able to explain complex scientific principals so even someone like me - who, as you know, is so mathematically challenged that all last year I thought I was 67 only to find out just prior to my birthday that I had been only 66 all that year.

The new version of "Cosmos" is hosted by a man who stands tall alongside Sagan and Feynman, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

You've seen Dr. Tyson a million times, doing exactly what Sagan and Feynman did before him: Explain how we came to be and where we might be going in words and pictures that we can not just understand, but appreciate.

I am not going to draw grand conclusions about how, by better understanding the unfathomable scale of the cosmos we, should recognize how really small we are, but it does remind me of that great line delivered by Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"

"I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

Thanks to Feynman, Sagan and now Tyson for being great scientists and great teachers.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at