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    DescriptionThis is the absorbing story of Neil deGrasse Tyson's lifelong fascination with the night sky, a restless wonder that began some thirty years ago on the roof of his Bronx apartment building and eventually led him to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium. A unique chronicle of a young man who at one time was both nerd and jock, Tyson's memoir could well inspire other similarly curious youngsters to pursue their dreams. Like many athletic kids he played baseball, won medals in track and swimming, and was captain of his high school wrestling team. But at the same time he was setting up a telescope on winter nights, taking an advanced astronomy course at the Hayden Planetarium, and spending a summer vacation at an astronomy camp in the Mojave Desert. Eventually, his scientific curiosity prevailed, and he went on to graduate in physics from Harvard and to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. There followed postdoctoral research at Princeton. In 1996, he became the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where some twenty-five years earlier he had been awed by the spectacular vista in the sky theater. Tyson pays tribute to the key teachers and mentors who recognized his precocious interests and abilities, and helped him succeed. He intersperses personal reminiscences with thoughts on scientific literacy, careful science vs. media hype, the possibility that a meteor could someday hit the Earth, dealing with society's racial stereotypes, what science can and cannot say about the existence of God, and many other interesting insights about science, society, and the nature of the universe. Now available in paperback with a new preface and other additions, this engaging memoir will enlighten and inspire an appreciation of astronomy and the wonders of our universe.


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    Title
    The Sky is Not the Limit
    Subtitle
    Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil Degrasse Tyson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591021889
    ISBN 10: 159102188X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: WNX
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    B&T Approval Code: A52701500
    BIC subject category V2: PHVB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, SCI004000
    DC21: 523.01
    B&T Approval Code: A52500000
    DC22: 523.01/092
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB460.72.T
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB460.72.T97 A3 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: PHVB, WNX
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd ed.
    Illustrations note
    illus
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst
    Author Information
    Neil deGrasse Tyson (New York, NY), an astrophysicist, is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. His monthly column, "Universe," appears in Natural History magazine, and he is also the author of Merlin's Tour of the Universe and Just Visiting This Planet, among other works.