The Case For Pluto

Author: Alan Boyle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470541903
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In support of Pluto-the cutest and most unfairly treated planet Pity poor Pluto: It's a planet that was discovered because of a mistake, a planet that turned out not to be a planet at all, thanks to a still-disputed decision made in 2006. And yet, Pluto is the planet best-loved by Americans, especially children, one that may have contained the building blocks of life billions of years ago and may well serve as life's last redoubt billions of years from now. In The Case for Pluto, award-winning science writer Alan Boyle traces the tiny planet's ups and downs, its strange appeal, the reasons behind its demotion, and the reasons why it should be set back in the planetary pantheon. Tells the compelling story of Pluto's discovery and how it became a cultural icon Makes the case for Pluto as planet, countering the books that argue against it Comes in a small, friendly package — just like Pluto — and features a handsome design, making it a great gift The Case for Pluto is the must-read tale of a cosmic underdog that has captured the hearts of millions: an endearing little planet that is changing the way we see the universe beyond our backyard. Alan Boyle is MSNBC.com’s science editor and the award-winning blogger behind Cosmic Log. He’s been a talking head on NBC’s The Today Show and the MSNBC cable channel, holding forth on scientific subjects ranging from the chances of an asteroid Armageddon to the 3-D wizardry behind the “Harry Potter” movies. But he writes better than he talks.

Pluto

Author: Barrie W. Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139490221
Size: 15.91 MB
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Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth–Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

Pluto

Author: Richard Grossinger
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781583948989
Size: 13.87 MB
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Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, Pluto offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. First observed in 1930 and once defined as the ninth and final planet in our solar system, Pluto and its discovery and reclassification throw a unique light on how we generate meaning in science and culture. This anthology, timed to appear in concordance with NASA’s New Horizons's approach to Pluto in July 2015, shows that while the astronomical Pluto may be little more than an ordinary escaped moon or tiny Kuiper Belt object, it is a powerful hyperobject, for its mythological and cultural effigies on Earth incubate deep unconscious seeds of the human psyche. Certain astronomical features pertain to Pluto in terms of its distance from the Sun, coldness, and barrenness. These also inform its mythology and astrology as befitting a planet named after the God of the Underworld. Among the issues central to this collection are the meanings of darkness, loss, grief, inner transformation, rebirth, reincarnation, and karmic revelation, all of which are associated with the astrology of Pluto. Pluto also embodies the meaning of true wealth as being nonmaterial essence instead of property, conventional accolades, ego identity, achievement. It is the marker of negative capability. Table of Contents Dana Wilde: Pluto on the Borderlands Richard Grossinger: Pluto and The Kuiper Belt Richard C. Hoagland: New Horizon … for a Lost Horizon J. F. Martel: Pluto and the Death of God James Hillman: Hades Fritz Bruhubner: The Mythology and Astrology of Pluto Thomas Frick: Old Horizons John D. Shershin: The Inquisition of Pluto Stephan David Hewitt: Pluto and the Restoration of Soul Jim Tibbetts: Our Lady of Pluto, the Planet of Purification Shelli Jankowski-Smith: Love Song for Pluto Robert Kelly: Pluto Dinesh Raghavendra: Falling in Love with a Plutonian Steve Luttrell: Dostoevsky's Pluto Philip Wohlstetter: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto Jonathan Lethem: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto Robert Sardello: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto Ross Hamilton: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto College of the Atlantic Students: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Jeffrey A. Hoffman: What the Probe Will Find, What I’d Like It to Find Nathan Schwartz-Salant: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Charley B. Murphy: The Ten Worlds of Pluto Timothy Morton: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto & The End of the World Robert Phoenix: My Father Pluto Ellias Lonsdale: Pluto is the Reason We Have a Chance Rob Brezsny: Pluto: Planet of Wealth From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Case For Women In Medieval Culture

Author: Alcuin Blamires
Publisher: Clarendon Press
ISBN: 9780191037290
Size: 20.23 MB
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Misogyny is of course not the whole story of medieval discourse on women: medieval culture also envisaged a case for women. But hitherto studies of profeminine attitudes in that periods culture have tended to concentrate on courtly literature or on female visionary writings or on attempts to transcend misogyny by major authors such as Christine de Pizan and Chaucer. This book sets out to demonstrate something different: that there existed from early in the Middle Ages a corpus of substantial traditions in defence of women, on which the more familiar authors drew, and that this corpus itself consolidated strands of profeminine thought that had been present as far back as the patristic literature of the fourth century. The Case for Women surveys extant writings formally defending women in the Middle Ages; breaks new ground by identifying a source for profeminine argument in biblical apocrypha; offers a series of explorations of the background and circulation of central arguments on behalf of women; and seeks to situate relevant texts by Christine de Pizan, Chaucer, Abelard, and Hrotsvitha in relation to these arguments. Topics covered range from the privileges of women, and pro-Eve polemic, to the social and moral strengths attributed to women, and to the powerful modelsfrequently disruptive of patriarchal complacencypresented by Old and New Testament women. The contribution made by these emphases (which are not to be confused with feminism in a modern sense) to medieval constructions of gender is throughout critically assessed, and the book concludes by asking how far defenders were controlled by, or able to query, assumptions about what was natural (and therefore imagined inflexible) in gender theory.

The Pluto Files The Rise And Fall Of America S Favorite Planet

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393073343
Size: 18.36 MB
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The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life." —Jon Stewart When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York." Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto's demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders. With his inimitable wit, Tyson delivers a minihistory of planets, describes the oversized characters of the people who study them, and recounts how America's favorite planet was ousted from the cosmic hub.

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780385531092
Size: 19.22 MB
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The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?

Pluto Confidential

Author: Laurence A. Marschall
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 9781933771809
Size: 14.14 MB
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When the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of the word 'planet' in August 2006, Pluto officially became a dwarf planet, but the controversy surrounding its status continued, pitting scientist against scientist and arousing public debate. Written by two renowned astronomers on opposing sides of the debate, Pluto Confidential leaves no perspective out and no asteroid unturned.