Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself in a sudden and amusing feud with Neal Larson, a conservative radio host and columnist from Idaho. Larson had several bones to pick with the famous cosmologist and science communicator.
As he summarized it in his op-ed, provocatively titled “Neil deGrasse Tyson is a horse’s astrophysicist”, the first problem for Larson was how Tyson looked at the Olympic medial count. In a series of tweets, the notoriously Twitter-friendly Tyson made the point that USA has many more gold medals than Hungary, but if you adjust for the population size, the much smaller country is actually doing very well, even better than us.
The USA has 3x as many Olympic golds as Hungary, but 30x the population. Adjusting for this, Hungary is kicking our ass.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 12, 2016