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Death by Black Hole

by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Touching on just about everything you want to know about the cosmos, this collection of essays by Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and columnist for Natural History, explores topics from astral life to the movie industry's attempts to represent the night skies. In clear and witty prose, Tyson introduces the physics of black holes by describing what would happen if someone fell in, examines the needless friction between science and religion, and tells an ego-deflating story of Earth's progression from the center of the universe to a "small speck in the cosmos." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Touching on just about everything you want to know about the cosmos, this collection of essays by Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and columnist for Natural History, explores topics from astral life to the movie industry's attempts to represent the night skies. In clear and witty prose, Tyson introduces the physics of black holes by describing what would happen if someone fell in, examines the needless friction between science and religion, and tells an ego-deflating story of Earth's progression from the center of the universe to a "small speck in the cosmos." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Fly Me to the Moon

by Neil Degrasse Tyson Edward Belbruno

When a leaf falls on a windy day, it drifts and tumbles, tossed every which way on the breeze. This is chaos in action. In Fly Me to the Moon, Edward Belbruno shows how to harness the same principle for low-fuel space travel--or, as he puts it, "surfing the gravitational field."Belbruno devised one of the most exciting concepts now being used in space flight, that of swinging through the cosmos on the subtle fluctuations of the planets' gravitational pulls. His idea was met with skepticism until 1991, when he used it to get a stray Japanese satellite back on course to the Moon. The successful rescue represented the first application of chaos to space travel and ushered in an emerging new field.Part memoir, part scientific adventure story, Fly Me to the Moon gives a gripping insider's account of that mission and of Belbruno's personal struggles with the science establishment. Along the way, Belbruno introduces readers to recent breathtaking advances in American space exploration. He discusses ways to capture and redirect asteroids; presents new research on the origin of the Moon; weighs in on discoveries like 2003 UB313 (now named Eris), a dwarf planet detected in the far outer reaches of our solar system--and much more.Grounded in Belbruno's own rigorous theoretical research but written for a general audience, Fly Me to the Moon is for anybody who has ever felt moved by the spirit of discovery.

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

by Neil Degrasse Tyson Donald Goldsmith

This book explores new insights into the formation and evolution of our universe. It explains the breakthroughs in our knowledge of the universe from dark energy to life on Mars to the mysteries of space and time.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

by Neil Degrasse Tyson

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, 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.

The Sky Is Not the Limit

by Neil Degrasse Tyson

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.

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