The Pluto Files

The Pluto Files

The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780393350364
Branch Call Number: 523.4922 Tys
Characteristics: xii, 194 pages : illustrations (some colour)


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Entertaining and educational!

Dec 10, 2014

This book is well written and easy to read. Tyson tells the story of Pluto's discovery and fall from planethood with humor and style. This is an easy, entertaining read.

Nov 12, 2014

Very well written, the story of Pluto and it's surroundings, as Pluto the dog, the museum in NY, and others, place yourself in the times when everything was happening. This allows you to breath that atmosfere, listen and feeling what was going on, giving you a sense of presense and a deeper understanding of the controversy.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

This is the tale of Pluto's rise as the ninth planet and its fall as just another big rock, as told as only astrophysicist Tyson could. Informative and engaging while still being a fun read.

Jun 07, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson has such a great sense of humor and it comes through in his book, The Pluto Files. In addition to the true story of Pluto and how its status as a planet came under fire in 2006, Tyson offers many astonishing cosmic facts as well as some of the best (and worst) of his fan mail, including letters from school children. Quite amusing!

Feb 09, 2010

Very cute book. It's an easy read and contains a great deal of pictures, cartoons, and new quotes. As is his fashion Dr. Tyson tells the story of Pluto's fall from grace with a great deal of humor.

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