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Key: italics = Pulled from the most recent link; ìquotesî = Direct Bill Nye quote from the most recent link; ß = ëAll links in section are straight links to YouTubeí; BNtSG = ëBill Nye the Science Guyí

Bio [cited]
Born November 27, 1955, William Sanford Nye (A.K.A. ëBill Nyeí [no, not that Bill Nye]) is a bow-tie wearing public figure known for his work as an actor, amateur scientist, author, comedian, educator, humanist, inventor, mechanical engineer, and television host.
  • Education
  • Professional Career
  • Boeing engineer (1977-ë80) where he hosted training films and designed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor which is still used in the 747 aircraft. He consulted within the aeronautics industry after leaving Boeing.
  • Television | Almost Live! (1984-í92), Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991 - ë92), Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993 - ë98), 100 Greatest Discoveries (2004-2005), The Eyes of Nye (2005), Living With Ed (2007 - Present); Stuff Happens (2008-2009), Solving For X (2009 - Present).
  • Executive Director of the The Planetary Society (2010 - Present) | The Planetary Society creates ways for the public to have active roles in space exploration. We develop innovative technologies, like the first solar sail spacecraft, we fund astronomers hunting for hazardous asteroids and planets orbiting other stars, we support radio and optical searches for extraterrestrial life, and we influence decision makers , ensuring the future of space exploration.
  • Taught at Cornell under the Frank H.T. Rhodes Visiting Professorships (2001 - '05) and as a guest lecturer (2001 - '09).
  • Fellow of The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry | The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.
  • Progenitor of the MarsDials, sun dials which adorn the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
  • Awards

TV Show: Almost Live! (1984 - í92)
About | A local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington ... it featured many spoofs and satires of local television ... [the host] Ross Shafer is credited as the creator of Bill Nye the Science Guy, encouraging Boeing aircraft engineer Bill Nye to demonstrate science experiments on the show. Nye later turned it into the Bill Nye the Science Guy show on PBS. Bill earned his famous moniker when he corrected [Shafer] on the pronunciation of ëgigawatt,í prompting the reaction, ìWho do you think you areóBill Nye the Science Guy?"*
  • Shorts ß:

TV Show: Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991 - ë92)
href="">About | Bill Nye performed scientific experiments during the closing live-action segments in each episode, a spot which later led to Nye getting his own show [BNtSG].
  • Sample Episode ß:

TV Show: Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993 - ë98)
About | [Nye] mixes the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each show begins with Bill walking onto the set, called "Nye Labs", which is filled with scientific visuals (including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, such as "The slingshots of Science!") relevant to the topic of the show. Most episodes contain a mock song parody and music video in the "Soundtrack of Science" by "Not That Bad Records", substituting a scientific roundup of the episode for the lyrics to a popular song. Each show ends with Bill explaining his departure in a clever description of an activity on topic.
  • Full Episodes ß:
  • Shorts ß:
  • Official Shorts ß:
  • 101 Soundtracks of Science ß:

Videogame: Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock! (1996)
About | In the game, a large meteoroid called "Impending DumÈ" threatens to make a catastrophic collision with the Earth. A team of scientists develop a laser satellite-controlling computer system called MAAX (Meteorid and Asteroid Exploder) to destroy the meteoroid; however, MAAX develops a personality of its own (in an obvious parody of the sentient computer HAL from the film and novel 2001: A Space Odyssey) and refuses to save the planet unless Earth's scientists can solve seven science riddles. Nye Labs decides to take on MAAX's challenge, and the player, depicted as the newest member of the Nye Labs team, is asked to solve these riddles using Nye Labs' equipment before Impending DumÈ hits (represented through an in-game timer).
  • Teacherís Guide | Attention all Way Cool Teachers! Here's a survey of the educational content in "Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!"
  • Press Materials | CD-ROM game for the whole family
  • TIPS/FAQS | Here's our Nye Labs checklist to success
  • Riddle # 1 Walkthrough | When you can't stand the heat, where you can't take the pressure, prove there's a spot where life grows in great measure.
  • Riddle # 2 Walkthrough | Send me the heart of a hot-headed giant that chills out fast. It eats oceans and lakes then strikes with a blast.
  • Riddle # 3 Walkthrough | Bring me something that lives on Earth then blows up in the sky, where it never eats and doesn't die.
  • Riddle # 4 Walkthrough | Find a river that flows over mountains that are tallest. Here you'll find the largest living off the smallest.
  • Riddle # 5 Walkthrough | Discover a beast that ate fish by the sea and flew like a hawk. It wasn't a bird and now it's a rock.
  • Riddle # 6 Walkthrough | Find a sleeping dog with a churning stomach. When it shakes, it awakes. When it barks, you bake.
  • Riddle # 7 Walkthrough | Unlike you with food, we do not deal, but we are able to make a light meal.

TV Show: 100 Greatest Discoveries (2004 - '05)
About | Scientists have transformed the way we think and live throughout the centuries. What are the most important scientific discoveries of all time? In no particular order, we present the top 100 in eight different categories.
  • Full Episodes ß:
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TV Show: The Eyes of Nye (2005)
About | [A science show that] was more sophisticated than its predecessor Bill Nye the Science Guy, as it was aimed more toward adults and teenagers than children.
  • Full Episodes ß:
  • Shorts ß:

TV Show: Living With Ed (2007 - Present)
About | The show follows actor Ed Begley, Jr. in his quest to live his life with a small carbon footprint. The series records the conflicts between him and his less zealous wife Rachelle Carson who many times suffers due to her husband's uncompromising beliefs. One of the most frequent capers Begley engages in is making his home more environmentally friendly, which he competes with his best friend Bill Nye.
TV Show: Stuff Happens (2008 - '09)
About | Where does all our stuff come from? No matter where we are or what we're doing, when we make stuff... stuff happens. On his new show Stuff Happens, acclaimed "Science Guy" Bill Nye explains to viewers what happens when we use stuff, where it goes when we're through with it, and what impact it all has on the environment and the entire planet. Whether it's in manufacturing, use, or disposal, all our stuff affects all our lives and the health of the Earth.
TV Show: Solving For X (2009 - Present)
About | Bill Nye The Science Guy is back with a new passion ñ math! In this original, all-new series, Bill teaches algebraic principles such as fractions, exponents, and proportions in colorful and unexpected ways. By using Bill Nyeís exciting conceptual approach to learning key mathematic principles, kids everywhere can discover how algebra relates to the world around us. Solving For X has never been easier!
Academic Study of ëBill Nye the Science Guyí
About | Bill Nye the Science Guy is a high energy, inquiry-based educational television program presenting science content directed at fourth grade students. This nationally syndicated series is funded by NSF and Disney. Our 1996 evaluation investigated the learning outcomes of school age viewers. In 1998, we profiled student and adult viewers and assessed the impact of various outreach efforts.
  • Evaluation of the BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY Television Series and Outreach, Rockman Et Al (1996) [Full Report: pdf] | The evaluation was charged with exploring the impact of the series on children at home, in school, and in other settings where children can watch television. Both the funders and the PBS station were concerned about science learning outcomes, attitude change, and the impact of the series on girls and minority children.
  • A Study of BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY Outreach and Image, Rockman Et Al (1998) [Executive Summary: pdf] | During school year 1997-98, the BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY series engaged school and home audiences through two major outreach efforts: 30,000 lunch box science kits sent to students at school and home, and 150,000 Teacherís Guides sent to 4th grade teachers. ROCKMAN ET ALís Spring 1998 evaluation of the BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY series focused on the use, value and impact of these outreach materials, and also explored viewersí perceptions of Bill Nye as a science expert.
  • BILL NYE Family Fun Calendar of Science 1999 Evaluation, Rockman Et Al (1999) [Full Report: pdf] | During fall 1998, KCTS produced 50,000 ìBill Nye Family Fun Science Packetsî that included a family calendar and a ten-minute video. This outreach packet was meant for distribution to families with school-age children and designed to encourage family science activities at home. KCTS distributed these Packets in sets of 25-1,000 to community organizations, PBS stations, and member agencies of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). This study focused on capturing information about family and child involvement in science activities before and after they receive the BILL NYE Family Fun Science Packet and characterizing the use patterns and impact of the Packet.

Resources for Educators
  • Lesson Plan Grades 1-2: Volcanoes Lesson by Meghan Webb | BNtSG - Volcanoes (ep. 74)
  • Lesson Plan Grades 3-4: Water Cycle by Gina Camilli | BNtSG - The Water Cycle (ep. 47)
  • Lesson Plan Grades 3-5: Earthquakes by Steve Ostby | BNtSG - Stop The Rock! (CD-ROM)
  • Lesson Plans: Worksheets for 98 BNtSG Episodes
  • MarsDial Lesson Plan: Just Me and My Shadow | The students will learn to plot collected shadow-length data on a graph and will extrapolate predictions and measurements from that graph.
  • MarsDial Lesson Plan: Show Me the Way to Go Home | Students will develop skills in working with geometric measuring tools in a real-world application by measuring shadow lengths and angles and by using this information to achieve the goal of finding direction.
  • MarsDial Lesson Plan: Mars Calendar Project | Students will learn how the physical and orbital characteristics of Mars are similar to and are different from those of the Earth. Additionally, students will gain insight into the history of time-keeping on Earth and how the various calendars of Earth have evolved.
  • MarsDial Lesson Plan: Schoolyard Sundial | Students will gain an intuitive understanding about the apparent motion of the Sun in the sky over the course of a day and a year, and will better understand what causes seasons on Earth.
  • Home Demos
  • BNtSG Episode Guides
  • Printable One Sheets
  • BNtSG Videos at SchoolTube
  • BNtSG Videos Gamequarium

  • Bill Nye Explains Why Evolution Belongs in Science Education | ìScience is the key to our future, and if you don't believe in science, then you're holding everybody back. And it's fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don't believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don't believe in science, that's a recipe for disaster.î
  • Q and A with Bill Nye as Host of 100 Greatest Discoveries | ìFor only the last 400 years or so, we humans have had a sense that there is an astronomical universe, and we have a place in it. With this discovery, one can now wonder, "Where did I come from?" and find a meaningful, astonishing answer.î
  • Interview With Bill Nye: The Sundial Guy | "In ancient times, the day was divided only by the shadows, solar time.î
  • Storing Information Outside of Our Brains | "If you memorize the periodic table it will speed you up if you're a chemist, but by and large, the reason you have a periodic table is so that you can store that information outside of your body. That way it frees up some part of your brain to do something else, doesn't it?î
  • How Bill Stays Green | "I get up around 6:30 a.m. I sip a cup of coffee made on a timer. Itís always shade-grown organic coffee. I grind the beans."

  • Bill Nye the Science Guyís Great Big Book of Tiny Germs | Bill Nye takes you to the microscopic world of powerful germs. He shows you how germs affect your life and even human history. There are 12 great experiments you can do to understand germs. Youíll see for yourself why you should wash your hands. Itís a great big tiny world to learn about. Microbe science rules.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guyís Great Big Dinosaur Dig | Bill Nye takes you back, back in time when ancient dinosaurs ruled the lands. He shows you what it takes for a fossil to be called a dinosaur. Itís all in the hips. He shows you how the Earth surface has changed in all that time. Better yet, there are twelve tooth-ginding experiments that you can do at home to help understand how remarkable these creatures were. Youíll see that dinosaurs are still among us as birds. Heíll even help you imagine just how long itís been since the ancient huge dinosaurs made their way on the Earthís surface. Dig deep and think big.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guyís Big Blue Ocean | Bill Nye looks into the ocean, exploring marine animals and plants, currents, tides, the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis, and methods of ocean exploration. Full color illustrations, photographs, and experiments are included in each chapter. Dive in!
  • Bill Nye the Science Guyís Consider the Following | Bill Nye offers readers plenty of science in a fun-to-read format. Starting with a question, each section covers a science discipline (geology, biology, physics, etc.). Simple experiments and a science glossary round out this way cool approach to science.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guyís Big Blast of Science | Bill Nye takes you on a wild ride through subjects such as the scientific method, matter, fundamental forces, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, waves, weather, and space. Fun drawings and photos of Bill make this book a real blast!

  • Throwing Technique Trainer | This invention relates to a device and method for training an athlete to throw a ball, and particularly to a device and method that provides guides for optimally positioning an athlete's throwing hand and elbow prior to initiation of the throwing phase for throwing a ball.
  • Ball Retreival Device | The present invention is directed to a ball retrieval device, and specifically, a ball retrieval device capable of connecting to, or being incorporated as part of, a bat. The retrieval device is incorporated as part of a hitting device, such as a baseball bat, during the manufacturing process.
  • Educational Lens | A collapsible lens designed to be used as an educational device is constructed from a pouch of polyethylene plastic that is shaped to form a convex lens when filled with water. The pouch has an edge region positioned adjacent and coextensive with a portion of the radial periphery of the pouch.
  • Toe Shoe | A toe shoe capable of providing support to a ballet dancer's foot while dancing en pointe. The toe shoe preferably includes a toe box in the toe of the toe shoe, an upper, and an outer sole. Support structure within the toe shoe includes a longitudinal support member, a foot encirculating tubular.
  • Digital Abacus

In the Media
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  • Other:
  •; Official Website
  •; Video Segments
  •; Photos of Bill
  •; E-Cards
  •; Contact Bill
  • Bill Nye's Climate Lab - a fun place to learn about climate change
  • Retiring the Shuttle Will Set Us Free | "So in this other way of looking at it, the retirement of the Shuttles frees the United States to have NASA (the National Aeronautics & Space Administration) design a new rocket like the well-along Ares machine."
  • Ask a Scientist!: What is spontaneous combustion? Is it a myth? What causes it? | "Let's start with this: Yes, spontaneous combustion due to paranormal or spiritual forces is a myth. It is not real. It's silly. The spiritualists, who die or nearly die by spontaneous combustion, often smell of good ol' gasoline."
  • Ask a Scientist!: What causes the earth to rotate and why? | "When the Earth formed, the dust didn't come together exactly evenly -- almost, but not exactly. This unevenness made the Earth take on a slight spin."
  • Ask a Scientist!: Why can't you put metal in a microwave? | "The microwave energy has to find a place to go. It usually forms sparks that jump from air molecule to air molecule all the way back to the metal sides or bottom of the oven. Where the sparks comes and goes from the aluminum foil or metal paint, it gets hot. The energy is concentrated. It often burns a tiny hole or pit in the metal. It's energy just looking for a place to spread out. It can't; so, don't put metal in a microwave."
  • Nyeís Foreword of the Book Creating connections: museums and the public understanding of current research | ìIt may be that deep down we are all researches. Donít we all have an interest in the world around us, the nature of nature?î
  • Nye at the Hybrid Center | "For thousands of years, human transportation has made it possible to move people and our goods all over the world. Our transportation systems have allowed us to feed billions, live all over the world, and exchange ideas with people living just about anywhere on Earth. But now, transportation is causing trouble. Weíre using enormous amounts of energy and straining the Earthís resources. The best of todayís hybrid cars can use less than half the energy of most conventional vehicles and keep both global warming and smog-forming pollution at far lower levels."
  • Bill Nye, the Eye Health Guy? | [Nye] talks about various eye health myths and other information, all while sitting in a laboratory full of bubbling things, microscopes and other science paraphernalia.
  • Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun | Nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars." The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.
  • The A.V. Club Austin: Bill Nye vs. Everybody | Beyond the bow ties and toe shoes is a man who has earned the scorn of UFOlogists, fundamentalists, and even a classical oboist.
  • TV Tropes
  • Nye Timeline
  • Nyeís Twitter Account

(previously, previously, and sort of previously)
posted by troll (4 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Poster's Request. -- pb

Holy crap...

But Bill Nye is awesome, so thanks!
posted by Huck500 at 8:46 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is the best post in the history of ever, even if it did get cut off on the bottom, preventing me from getting links to any of his shows post-BNtSG. (I have a full download of all of that wonderful show, but none of the others.)
posted by DU at 8:48 AM on August 4, 2011

Ughh... about 2/3 of my post was cut off.

Mods, please delete.

posted by troll at 8:48 AM on August 4, 2011

It's OK troll, trial and error is how science makes the modern world!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:49 AM on August 4, 2011 [5 favorites]

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