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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier Hardcover – February 27, 2012
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An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again. — Kirkus Reviews
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Like his last novel Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, Space Chronicles is a compilation of previously-published articles and talks over the last fifteen years, with a central theme of the Space Race and exploration (although some of the chapters don't really fit this theme entirely). It is mostly centered on the United States' involvement with a look at the development of NASA. It contains an original prologue by Dr. Tyson with a discussion on Space Politics, with a focus on the last three presidential administrations. A selection of Dr.Read more ›
"Space Chronicles" is the inspirational plea of why NASA matters to America and what space exploration means to our species. Renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson dissects the politics of space and also enlightens the reader of the sense of awe that comes from space exploration and discovery. This book selections represent commentary, interviews, thought-provoking quotes reflecting a spectrum of fascinating topics from one of our icons of science. I share the love and awe of science that radiates from Mr. Tyson; this book arouses such emotions in witty, lucid fashion while stressing the importance of America retaining its global leadership in space.
This 384-page book is composed of thirty-six chapters and broken it in three Parts: Part I. Why, Part II. How, and Part III. Why Not. The first part of the book (Why) has to do with why we want to explore space. It appeals to emotions and wonder and the politics involved. The second part of the book (How), is of more practical science. The last third of the book (Why Not) wraps everything together and is the most passionate.
1. A passionate, engaging prose that reflects the love of science of Dr. Tyson.
2. Fascinating topic in the hands of an icon of astrophysics.
3. Witty and humorous tone.
4. Profound without being unintelligible. An accessible book for the masses.
5. The politics involved. The author stresses the need to eliminate partisan politics.
6. Sixty-seven space tweets interspersed throughout the book. A clever way of injecting topical space wisdom.
7. The allure of space evidence by the most popular museum of the world, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.Read more ›
That is why I have to give this book a poor review. It does transparent disservice to Dr. Tyson's glittering legacy. It is hopelessly disjointed, with no discoverable rationale behind its organization. "Tweets," interviews, lectures, and previously published articles are cobbled together higgledy-piggledy in what bears disheartening resemblance to something rushed to press for the sole purpose of drumming up desperately-needed revenue. I do not begrudge Tyson for avoiding an overly-nuanced exploration of astrophysics' bleeding edge; I just feel that the facts in this book could be condensed, and condensed more (much, MUCH more) elegantly.
My passion for Dr. Tyson and his work is in no way dimmed, and I have no trouble accepting that even the most brilliant minds can encounter difficulty when navigating the course of transferring information from the realm of the highly technical to that of the popularly appealing. Indeed, Tyson's prose is more often engaging than not--he just needs a better editor who will help us avoid having to roll our eyes at a factoid that was compelling in chapter 1, but is just downright annoying when it is announced to us (for the 10th or 12th time) in chapter 30 as though hot off the presses.
I await Tyson's next effort. In the meantime, however, I cannot endorse this effort in any capacity.
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Astrophysicist and science educator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, throws in his two cents on matters pertaining to humanity's relationship with space. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
My husband is a huge fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson so I decided to get him this book for Father's Day. He absolutely loved it! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gayl King
My boyfriend is obsessed with space and he absolutely loves this book! He can't put it down!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite author. A lot of subjects we've heard about from his lectures and interviews are brought up closer in this book. Very easy and fun read, eye opening and informative.Published 3 months ago by Alena Ivleva
Tyson is one of my favorite authors. He does such a great job or narration, I can almost hear his voice in my head. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Listened to the audio book. It was fun and informative but Neil kept hitting the same points over and over. It got a little oldPublished 5 months ago by hjo
This was a Christmas gift for my sister. She thought it was great.Published 5 months ago by Richardsharon4