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

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


By (author) Neil Degrasse Tyson

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 9 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393337324
  • ISBN 13: 9780393337327
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: color throughout
  • Sales rank: 251,067

Product description

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.

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Author information

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author. He has begun production of a new Cosmos series, premiering in early 2013. He lives in New York City.

Review quote

"An eclectic delight. Readers will laugh at the collection of song lyrics and cartoons inspired by the great Pluto-versy... Smile at the photocopied letters from elementary-school children." -- Fred Burtz "For young and old alike... a riveting book that makes you really care about Pluto." "Wonderfully entertaining... Uses an engaging mix of facts, photographs, cartoons, illustrations, songs, e-mails, and humor to explain what's up (and down) with Pluto...The Pluto Files is positively transporting. Out of this world." -- Heller McAlpin