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The Pluto Files

The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

The Pluto Files( )
Author: Tyson, Neil deGrasse
ISBN:978-0-393-06520-6
Publication Date:Jan 2009
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $29.95
Book Description:

The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's love affair with Pluto, man's best (celestial) friend.

Book Details
Pages:224
Detailed Subjects: Science / Space Science / Planetary
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):16.51 x 21.844 x 2.032 cm
Book Weight:0.548 Kilograms
Author Biography
deGrasse Tyson, Neil (Author)
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was born in New York City on October 5, 1958. Interested in astronomy since he was a child, Tyson gave lectures on the topic at the age of 15. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and was the editor-in-chief for its Physical Science Journal. After earning a B.A. in Physics from Harvard in 1980, Tyson received an M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia in 1991.

Since 1996, Tyson has held the position of Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. In 2004, Tyson joined the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. He has hosted PBS's television show NOVA scienceNOW since 2006. Tyson can also be seen frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Tyson has written many popular books on astronomy, and he began his "Universe" column for Natural History magazine in 1995. In 2009, he published the bestselling book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet to describe the controversy over Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. His other books include Accessory to War: The Unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military.

Tyson was recognized in 2004 with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.

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