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: Richard Grossinger
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781583948989
Size: 18.66 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.

Is Pluto A Planet

Author: David A. Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400852970
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A Note from the Author: On August 24, 2006, at the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague, by a majority vote of only the 424 members present, the IAU (an organization of over 10,000 members) passed a resolution defining planet in such a way as to exclude Pluto and established a new class of objects in the solar system to be called "dwarf planets," which was deliberately designed to include Pluto. With the discovery of Eris (2003 UB313)--an outer solar system object thought to be both slightly larger than Pluto and twice as far from the Sun--astronomers have again been thrown into an age-old debate about what is and what is not a planet. One of many sizeable hunks of rock and ice in the Kuiper Belt, Eris has resisted easy classification and inspired much controversy over the definition of planethood. But, Pluto itself has been subject to controversy since its discovery in 1930, and questions over its status linger. Is it a planet? What exactly is a planet? Is Pluto a Planet? tells the story of how the meaning of the word "planet" has changed from antiquity to the present day, as new objects in our solar system have been discovered. In lively, thoroughly accessible prose, David Weintraub provides the historical, philosophical, and astronomical background that allows us to decide for ourselves whether Pluto is indeed a planet. The number of possible planets has ranged widely over the centuries, from five to seventeen. This book makes sense of it all--from the ancient Greeks' observation that some stars wander while others don't; to Copernicus, who made Earth a planet but rejected the Sun and the Moon; to the discoveries of comets, Uranus, Ceres, the asteroid belt, Neptune, Pluto, centaurs, the Kuiper Belt and Eris, and extrasolar planets. Weaving the history of our thinking about planets and cosmology into a single, remarkable story, Is Pluto a Planet? is for all those who seek a fuller understanding of the science surrounding both Pluto and the provocative recent discoveries in our outer solar system.

The Case For Women In Medieval Culture

Author: Alcuin Blamires
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198186304
Size: 13.82 MB
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The medieval period is commonly perceived as particularly misogynistic, yet the culture of the time constructed a "case for women" that is little known today. This book sets out to demonstrate the existence of substantial pro-feminine traditions extending back from the Middle Ages to the fourth century. Blamires offers a readable discussion of what kind of "feminism" or otherwise these traditions amount to, and what they contribute to key writers such as Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, and Abélard.

Mission To Pluto

Author: Mary Kay Carson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544868106
Size: 14.44 MB
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In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. Pluto is geologically alive and changing! This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes where no person or spacecraft has ever gone before. Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away.

Historic Documents Of 2015

Author: Heather L. Kerrigan
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9781506333502
Size: 16.54 MB
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For more than 40 years, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume includes 60 to 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

Master The College Composition Clep Test

Author: Peterson's
Publisher: Peterson's
ISBN: 9780768937428
Size: 15.15 MB
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Peterson's Master the College Composition CLEP Test offers a comprehensive review of the skills assessed in this general examination. You will start by taking a 50-question pre-test, complete with detailed answer explanations, to help find your strengths and weakneses. This is followed by a thorough discussion of the conventions of Standard Written English, revision skills, the ability to use source materials, and rhetorical analysis. Each of these subject areas includes review questions with answer explanations. You will review how to write a successful essay, and then go through an in-depth usage review. You can then practice with a 50-question post-test, which is also accompanied by answer explanations.