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The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet Hardcover – January 26, 2009
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Dr. Tyson... I hope you know how much the younger Americans NEED you to continue your work. Your enthusiasm for science is contagious and that is just what Young America needs to take the reins of scientific research in today's ever-changing world. You are needed and LOVED!!
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
P.S. My students REALLY want you to come visit us. There's NO SNOW here in SE Florida!
It is a great book, but a mediocre kindle edition.
The problem of naming things properly, and thereby classifying them, shows up all the time in biology, but is rarer in astronomy.Read more ›
Regarding the ongoing, though likely diminishing, debate about Pluto's status, I liked his statement, "You're having an argument over something you generate rather than what is fundamental to the universe." Science is about organization of objective discoveries, and subjective views should always play a subordinate roll. This includes those warm fuzzies we feel for certain traditional views, including Pluto's prior rank as planet. Science is not about a consensus of our feelings, but whether or not quality science is being conducted. Dr. Tyson presents the objective evidence of both sides fairly, and gives lucid reasoning for his position, which I suspect most scientifically-minded folks will eventually concur with his views.
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I usually enjoy Tyson's writing, but this book really needs a strong editor. There was a great deal of fluff and a lot of repetition, and it took quite a bit of work to extract the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert C. ross
Since Pluto has recently become the hottest spot in the solar system with new information coming in weekly from the New Horizons spacecraft, I remembered I had this book in my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Scott Goeringer
The New Horizons spacecraft has given Pluto the attention that it deserves as an extremely interesting "world" in our Solar System. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Schultz
This book, as the title suggests, is only about Pluto and its status change from a planet to a dwarf planet. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mario Streger
It was written at a lower level than I would like. I donated it to a library for the young readers' section.Published 3 months ago by Pat
I still have Pluto in my twelfth house, no matter what this shill is saying. File that!Published 5 months ago by Ashtar Command
Fun read on the discovery of Pluto and then its downgrade to dwarf status and the societal reaction of this tiny rockstar body.Published 5 months ago by Francis S. Billak