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The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way: With a New Preface by the Author and a New Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson by [Colin Davey, Thomas A. Lesser, Neil deGrasse Tyson]

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About the Author

Colin Davey’s life was shaped by frequent visits to the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium as a child. He is a scientist, software engineer, martial artist, and author of Learn Boogie Woogie Piano (Boogie Woogie Press, 1998).

Thomas A. Lesser was Scientific Assistant and Intern Astronomer (1974–76) and Senior Lecturer (1975–82) at the Hayden Planetarium. He has also held several positions at the American Museum of Natural History, including Manager of Development. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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This is, in many ways, a particularly American story, and anyone interested in history or museums will find this a very satisfying read. Author Colin Davey had a life-long love affair with the museum, growing up in New York and spending many, many hours happily lost in the museum collections, and that shines through in his writing as does his fine, in-depth research. Plenty of excellent graphics and photographs support this fascinating history., Seattle Book Review

This volume makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of one of the most iconic American institutions devoted to science and popular education, especially regarding astronomy and space science, over the course of more than a century. Deeply researched and illustrated with 50 black-and-white period photos and numerous diagrams, the work is not only a pleasure to read but will serve as a notable reference for years to come. Planetarians everywhere can benefit from a short to an in-depth perusal of its pages., Planetarian: Journal of the International Planetarium Society

Want to learn more fascinating history about the Museum of Natural History? In honor of its 150th anniversary, Colin Davey and Thomas A. Lesser have brought out a new, definitive history of the Museum. The book, The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got that Way, provides a history of the museum’s architecture, collections, exhibitions, and research and conservation efforts, charting the institution’s relationship with the natural world and with New York City. In these pages, you’ll find polar explorers, intrepid archeologists, and visionary rocket scientists who devoted their lives to discovery and, in many cases, to the Museum itself.---Lucie Levine, 6sqft

An adroitly written and researched narrative., Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History

The American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center for Earth and Space are treasures that reveal our connection to and long fascination with the world around us and the universe beyond. Through their doors we enter into an expedition of our own full of discovery and revelation. The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way throws those doors open and allows us insights into the events, personalities, and artifacts that define and continue to shape this world-class institution! Colin Davey with Tom Lesser invite us in with details and stories that could come only from deep and thorough research and dedication to veracity! This book is a must for all naturalists, historians, and lovers of art, museums, and New York! -- Stephen Christopher Quinn, Exhibition Associate, The American Museum of Natural History

One of my most cherished childhood memories as a visitor to New York was the breathtaking moment when the lights were lowered at the Hayden Planetarium and the skyline of the city and the night sky emerged. Thanks to Colin Davey’s similar experiences that led him to write this informative book, it rekindled that magical moment for me and explained in great detail the wonderful story of an institution I loved but knew so little about. -- Sara Cedar Miller, Historian Emerita, Central Park Conservancy

What the Museum has done, in different ways, through the different stages of its life, is to feed the human sense of wonder at the universe. -- Kermit Roosevelt III, from the Foreword

The American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City’s most beloved institutions, and one of the largest, most celebrated museums in the world. Since 1869, generations of New Yorkers and tourists of all ages have been educated and entertained here. Located across the street from Central Park, the huge structure, spanning four city blocks, is constructed of many buildings of diverse architectural styles built over a period of 150 years. This is the first book to tell the story of the museum from the point of view of these buildings. The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way combines them with New York, American history, and the history of science., Prehistoric Times

A gigantic treasure chest stands next to New York’s Central Park, filled with the wonders of prehistoric times, life on Earth, and deep space. For me, the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium were like a second childhood home. I’m so glad for this book, which at last tells its remarkable story.---Andrew Chaikin, A Man on the Moon --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07PZYV13F
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Empire State Editions; 1st edition (May 14, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 14, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11932 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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