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

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393073343
Size: 12.29 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.

Pluto

Author: Richard Grossinger
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781583948989
Size: 10.20 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.

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780385531092
Size: 19.89 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?

Merlin S Tour Of The Universe

Author: Neil de Grasse Tyson
Publisher: Main Street Books
ISBN: 9780307784087
Size: 19.41 MB
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Merlin, a fictional visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy, Planet Omniscia, has been friends with many of the most important scientific figures of the past including Kepler, da Vinci, Magellan, Doppler, Einstein and Hubble. In this delightful tour of the galaxies, Merlin often recounts his conversations with these historical figures in his responses to popular astronomy questions asked by adults and children alike. Merlin's well-informed answers combine a unique combination of wit and poetry along with serious science explained in refreshingly clear, reader-friendly language. Dear Merlin: Can a person cross our galaxy in a spaceship during one human lifespan? Merlin: In 1905, Merlin's good friend Albert Einstein introduced the "Special Theory of Relativity," which predicts that time will tick slower and slower the faster you travel. Were you to embark on such an adventure you could conceivably age as little as you wish, depending of course, on your exact speed. The problem arises when you return to Earth, which will have moved several hundred thousand years into the future and everyone will have forgotten about you. A skywatcher's book for lovers of the universe by one of its greatest lights. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Sky Is Not The Limit

Author: Neil Degrasse Tyson
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781616141202
Size: 17.74 MB
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This is the absorbing story of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s lifelong fascination with the night sky, a restless wonder that began some thirty years ago on the roof of his Bronx apartment building and eventually led him to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium. A unique chronicle of a young man who at one time was both nerd and jock, Tyson’s memoir could well inspire other similarly curious youngsters to pursue their dreams. Like many athletic kids he played baseball, won medals in track and swimming, and was captain of his high school wrestling team. But at the same time he was setting up a telescope on winter nights, taking an advanced astronomy course at the Hayden Planetarium, and spending a summer vacation at an astronomy camp in the Mojave Desert. Eventually, his scientific curiosity prevailed, and he went on to graduate in physics from Harvard and to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. There followed postdoctoral research at Princeton. In 1996, he became the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where some twenty-five years earlier he had been awed by the spectacular vista in the sky theater. Tyson pays tribute to the key teachers and mentors who recognized his precocious interests and abilities, and helped him succeed. He intersperses personal reminiscences with thoughts on scientific literacy, careful science vs. media hype, the possibility that a meteor could someday hit the Earth, dealing with society’s racial stereotypes, what science can and cannot say about the existence of God, and many other interesting insights about science, society, and the nature of the universe. Now available in paperback with a new preface and other additions, this engaging memoir will enlighten and inspire an appreciation of astronomy and the wonders of our universe.

Death By Black Hole And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393113787
Size: 16.45 MB
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“[Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and—most important— humanity.” —Entertainment Weekly Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.