Pluto Confidential: An Insider Account of the Ongoing Battles over the Status of Pluto

Pluto Confidential: An Insider Account of the Ongoing Battles over the Status of Pluto

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ISBN-13: 9781933771809
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Dr. Stephen P. Maran spent more than 35 years in NASA, working on the Hubble Space Telescope and other scientific projects, and is the press officer for the American Astronomical Society. His 10 previous books include Astronomy for Dummies® and The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia. His awards and honors include the naming of an asteroid for him by the International Astronomical Union, the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, the American Astronomical Society’s George Van Biesbroeck Prize, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Residence: Chevy Chase, MD.

Laurence A. Marschall, PhD, is the WKT Sahm Professor of Physics at Gettysburg College where he teaches courses in astronomy, physics, and science writing. He received his bachelor's degree at Cornell University and his doctorate at University of Chicago. He writes a regular column on science books of note for Natural History magazine, is a contributing editor of Smithsonian Air and Space, and contributes annual astronomy updates to The World Book Encyclopedia. He serves as deputy press officer of the American Astronomical Society. In addition to more than 40 articles in professional journals, Marschall has written for publications such as Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Natural History, Discover, Harper's, Newsday, and The New York Times Book Review. Residence: Gettysburg, PA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Summer in Prague 1

Chapter 2 The Great Pluto Debate and the Great Pluto Debaters 17

Chapter 3 Contentious Planets: The Early History of Planetary Disputes 35

Chapter 4 Ceres and Theories: The Search for Planets Begins 55

Chapter 5 Neptune's Disputed Discovery 69

Chapter 6 Vulcan, the Planet That Wasn't 91

Chapter 7 The Pluto Saga Begins 109

Chapter 8 The Exploration of Pluto 129

Chapter 9 Unveiling the Kuiper Belt 147

Chapter 10 Exoplanet Wars 163

Chapter 11 What's Next for Pluto? 183

Acknowledgments 193

Notes on Sources 195

Recommended Reading 219

About the Authors 223

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