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The Pluto Files The Rise and Fall of America s Favorite Planet Only Tyson can tell this story he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto and consequently Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him including endless hate mail from third

  • Title: The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
  • Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • ISBN: 9780393065206
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet By Neil deGrasse Tyson, Only Tyson can tell this story he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third graders In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet recently been judged a dwarf.

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    1. Like all of Tyson s books, it s very well written, explaining any number of difficult subjects with clarity and ease, but unfortunately, with this subject, we devolve into a catalogue of cultural significance for the poor demoted Pluto and a very long list of rather humorous emails and letters all sent to Tyson because of his role in the decision.If that s what you re looking for, then, by all means, enjoy this book But if you re looking for an in depth rather than an adequate focus on Pluto rat [...]

    2. I wanted to read something by Neil deGrasse Tyson for a long time I like how he can break complex matters up and present them in a way that children and laymen can understand them there is a famous quote saying that you yourself have only understood a matter if you re capable of explaining it in simple terms.This is probably the lightest of books by this author and people should know that going it It s only about Pluto and that whole mess after it got declassified from planet to dwarf planet.Ser [...]

    3. ugh awfully light book on what really be a weighty tome felt like a long article in time magazine or something, where it might scratch the surface of a subject, but you don t really get a whole understanding of the topic filled with way too many extras political cartoons, appendixes of song lyrics, full page portraits of the little girl who suggested the name, etc i mean seriously, just get on with it when you remove the quotes and pictures and figures, it s what, maybe like 50 pages or so, of a [...]

    4. Here s a topic that isn t often covered how museums design their exhibits You know what else isn t often covered how science happens There are myriad books about discoverers and discoveries, and many about new fields as they develop But this is the only time I can recall reading a book on the evolving science behind an issue like Is Pluto a planet And although the book isn t specifically targeting a young readership, I think it could be wonderfully popular with middle school readers, because 1 N [...]

    5. I admit I did not thoroughly read this I am not a science person at all Yes, I realize I appear to be Asian Most of the information went over my head I recognize that Tyson is not only one of the foremost scientists today, but also one of the easily understood ones I suppose I am that dense when it comes to the hard sciences Give me psychology, sociology, philosophy, I would stun you with my brain Start giving me numbers and symbols, the solar system, energy, elements, gravity, I will fade into [...]

    6. deGrasse Tyson proves that while he might not be the smartest man in the United States, he is one of the best scientist at making what at first glance could be a daunting project for the uninitiated to read both understandable and enjoyable With this the second of this Astrophysicists books and it has determined me to read anything that I can find under his pen His delivery makes it easy to read some of the most complex subjects in a clear and easy to read manner While this book is about the dis [...]

    7. Everything that you could ever want to know about Pluto I think it may be an effective teaching aid if teachers used excepts in their lessons.

    8. Another guilty pleasure Neil deGrasse Tyson always writes well This time he is less concerned with science education than he is with describing the shared cultural mania that resulted from rebranding Pluto a plutoid The story begins with the fallout of the exhibit he put together at the Hayden Planetarium in the new Rose Center for Earth and Space His team presented the planets as members of families of object with similar properties rather than as orbs to be memorized Pluto was firmly placed am [...]

    9. Tyson is always a favorite guest on The Daily Show and this book was discussed on his last interview with Jon Stewart Library to the rescue There are 9 chapters to this fairly short book, all done with wit and an obvious love of science Tyson goes over Pluto s history, how Pluto was received in our culture, and the descent of how Pluto lost his status as our 9th planet.Apparently Americans really love Pluto, not only because of it s association with Disney s dog, but because an American discover [...]

    10. Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by people magazine who would have known such a stud muffin was also an crazy intelligent, funny, and witty writer This book details the history of Pluto s place in both science and people s hearts from the time of it s discovery and naming as a planet all the way to its demotion to a dwarf planet within the Kuiper Belt Plus it is full of satirical comics and extremely angry and often misspelled letters from damn near homicidal third g [...]

    11. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a very entertaining science communicator and astrophysicist This little book outlines the whole Pluto debate as it unfolded in the US I don t think most people in other countries cared quite so much It makes for entertaining reading, but I can t help but think seriously It s science Science changes constantly And frankly, all the debate concerns is a linguistically constructed classification system The universe doesn t really care Still, it is a fun and very accessible rea [...]

    12. This was a fun and informative read, and it shows us that you can love Pluto and still believe it s not a planet I like Dr Tyson s perspective that objective fact is important than the labels we apply to it.

    13. I m reminded of that quote from a child s review of a book that said This book told me about penguins than I cared to know Only substitute penguins for Pluto I KID, I KID No, I feel very informed about Pluto as a planetary object, and this was really a fascinating read, but I have to say, I came out of this book with Dr Tyson s same conclusion WHY DID THIS CAUSE SO MUCH CONTROVERSY The book ends with a cartoon of a news bulletin proclaiming Pluto was no longer a planet, with a picture of Pluto [...]

    14. Before reading this book I had no idea that the author was a major player instigator in the whole Is Pluto a Planet situation from the first half of the 2000 s It s pretty amazing how this whole situation and debate blew up over how the Rose Center for Earth and Space decided to depict the planets in their exhibition Rather than the traditional display of planets listed out from the sun, they categorized them by dividing the solar system up into zones of like objects Going out from the sun these [...]

    15. a stimulating, witty, and educational look at the kuiper belt object formerly known as a planet, neil degrasse tyson s the pluto files tracks the historical, scientific, and cultural ascendancy of our solar system s one time ninth planet tyson recounts the commotion that ensued following the hayden planetarium s omission of pluto in one of their displays in 2000 which perhaps paled in comparison to the controversy subsequent to the iau s reclassification of pluto as a dwarf planet in 2006 includ [...]

    16. Audio This book came on 4 cds, but I think it could have been 2, comfortably There was a lot of repetition of content that was phrased identically than once so much so that I kept checking that I hadn t repeated a track disc Perhaps that doesn t comes across as strongly in print Anyway, it was a fun little read, very much popular science I liked the overarching theme of the difference between science as in scientific thought and logical rigor and popular science culturally led, communal beliefs [...]

    17. I picked up this short, beautifully designed book after following all the public brouhaha over Pluto s downgrading to a dwarf planet expecting mostly an overview of that scene The second half of the book does provide this, but the first half is basically a history of Pluto s discovery, and frankly, I found this part rather boring But that s mostly because I have a pea brain that can t follow science very well For me, the hands down highlight of the book are the letters from children printed in t [...]

    18. What was the biggest story of 2006 The arrest of the shampoo bombers in England Small fries The first World Baseball Classic YAWN The death of Don Knotts Nothin.No, as interesting as they were, none of these generated nearly as much public interest and argument as the much ballyhooed demotion of Pluto by the International Astronomical Union in August of 2006 Poor little Pluto, hanging out there on the edge of the solar system, got bumped down to Dwarf Planet, rousing much ire from people all acr [...]

    19. The Pluto Files is a response to the whole argument and battle over what makes a planet a planet and where Pluto falls in that definition.I found this book to be quite entertaining as much of it holds Tyson s sort of tongue in cheek commentary style It focuses mostly on the relationship between Pluto and the people, from it s initial discovery to the demotion from planet hood It goes into the social history of the planet as when this was published we didn t have the plethora of info about Pluto [...]

    20. Great overview on the history of Pluto, its pop culture perceptions, and the rise fall of Pluto as a planet

    21. This book was not quite what I had expected, but that is my fault since I was expecting science than I got in this book This is a mostly quite personal description from Tyson s point of view of the fuss made by American s over the change in status of Pluto As Tyson pointed out, ultimately it really wasn t all that important in that it didn t change any of the realities of the world.Pluto is still the same physical spacial body it was before the change in statusbut acknowledges that this change [...]

    22. I received this book as a gift when it was released, and the demotion of Pluto was still a fairly hot topic I wasn t terribly interested as I considered the whole thing pretty silly My reaction was, Pluto doesn t care what we call it and planet is a term humans invented, so there s no real scientific value In fact, my opinion was that the term planet should only apply to the classical wanderers of the sky, and thus exclude Uranus and Neptune as well Anyway, with the impending fly by of Pluto by [...]

    23. I read The Pluto Files because I am interested in space science and I am a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and while it is a nice little book, it does not have too much to offer.As a chronicle of the public outcry over the American Museum of Natural History s decision to not include Pluto among the planets exhibited at the Hayden Planetarium, it s interesting As a discussion of the curious obsession among some people of Pluto, it is also interesting And as a way to get the reader thinking about what [...]

    24. As a Pluto fan, yes, the planet I have always wanted to read this book Neil deGrasse Tyson was the man seen in the front of the controversial reclassification of Pluto I still remember seeing websites with kids letters and politicians trying to get their 5 cents in on the topic Pluto as it turns out is the most popular planet Here is a history of its discovery, its growth in the consciousness of America and the World The beginning of the cracks, and the fall from planetary grace As a layman view [...]

    25. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is becoming one of my favorite popular science authors I enjoy his Teaching Company courses, and he was perfect in the COSMOS reboot His delivery of intriguing topics blends interesting facts with passionate excitement and fervor that is contagious, and all too rare in the scientific education community I found this book to be an interesting recount of the historical rise and fall of our ninth planet it s size is actually less than 0.24 percent that of Earth , from it s disco [...]

    26. A readable, if slight and somewhat repetitive, look at the popular controversy about whether or not Pluto should be designated a planet Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the designers behind the Hayden Planetarium display which kicked off the argument in the media back in 2001, and the book is liberally sprinkled with excerpts from the emails and letters which he received from the public about it Tyson s narrative reveals all the difficulties of trying to untangle pure science from emotion, nostalg [...]

    27. I was already bound to like this book due to the subject matter which I can confidently say most Americans I know care about on some level You can tell through the writing that Neil deGrasse Tyson is not necessarily against Pluto, but that science should prevail, and as a forerunner in the decision to demote Pluto, used that basic belief as a key motivator The book is a great example of that concept in action The Pluto Files goes into the historical, pop cultural, and scientific aspects of Pluto [...]

    28. The first half of the book functions rather well, as an examination of Pluto, its discovery, origins of the name and its cultural impact on America, and inevitably Neil deGrasse Tyson s role in Pluto s demotion in our categorization of the universe As the second half loses steam as the book begins pulling headlines, quotes, letter s from students and song lyrics that reference Pluto my interest started to wane While the later certainly illustrates the extent of the sentimental value that Pluto [...]

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