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: Colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 209,927

Product description

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. It is a wonder Pluto has any fans, yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, people rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. Pluto is entrenched in the American cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why. Only Tyson can tell this story: he was involved in the first exhibition to demote Pluto and consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the planet that has recently been judged a dwarf.

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Author information

Award winning author Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, the director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History and the host of the PBS series "NOVA Science NOW". Also available: Death by Black Hole (ISBN 978 0 393 33016 8) and Origins (ISBN 978 0 393 32758 8).

Review quote

"Now, in The Pluto Files, Tyson offers a highly entertaining history of Pluto..." New Scientist "It's eminently readable and particularly enjoyable."