Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who explores the universe in a way that makes your brain implode into a black hole. She got her PhD at Princeton, and is currently working in the School of Physics at University of Melbourne.
Many Australians are still gobsmacked by Monday night’s QandA on ABC TV, where One Nation senator-elect Malcolm Roberts demanded “empirical evidence” of climate change, only to insist that NASA was part of a global conspiracy to corrupt the data when fellow panelist and English physicist Professor Brian Cox produced it.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) August 15, 2016
As the debate unfolded, Mack was one of the thousands who joined the national QandA conversation by tweeting about it as @AstroKatie.
Then her comment attracted the attention of a Texan conservative who felt compelled to point out the failings in Dr Mack’s education:
— Gary P Jackson (RAT) (@gary4205) August 15, 2016
If there are PhDs for dealing with hecklers, Mack became a double doctor with this response.
@gary4205 I dunno, man, I already went and got a PhD in astrophysics. Seems like more than that would be overkill at this point.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 16, 2016
At that point the exchange turned into a spectator sport that was more entertaining than anything at Rio:
— Nic Stark (@nicknack1981) August 16, 2016
Right up until the point when the Usain Bolt of novelists decided to join the race and share the moment with her nearly 8 million followers:
The existence of Twitter is forever validated by the following exchange. pic.twitter.com/f3TciHPFFh
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 16, 2016
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