Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang (Editor)
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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & SpaceAmerica’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries’ space programs.With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

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ISBN-13: 9780393350371
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 77,174
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)

About the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.

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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
FrancescaNYC More than 1 year ago
I first read essays by Neil deGrasse Tyson when I subscribed to Natural History magazine. As someone with no academic background in the sciences I was enthralled to read articles by an astrophysicist that I could actually comprehend. Every piece in his Universe series was spectacular and thought provoking. I strongly recommend his 2007 book, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, a collection of essays he wrote for the magazine during the period from 1995 to 2007. His sheer brilliance combined with an elegant simplicity of writing and his trademark sense of humor take the reader on a fascinating excursion into galaxies, black holes and The Big Bang. Tyson¿s latest book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier also does not disappoint. This collection, beautifully edited by Avis Lang, focuses on the ¿Why,¿ ¿How,¿ and ¿Why Not,¿ of space exploration covering fifteen years of essays, articles, speeches, and interviews plus 53 ¿Space Tweets¿ cleverly interspersed throughout the book. Tyson, who is also the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, is an articulate and passionate advocate of investment in space research and exploration. He effectively counters complaints, heard even from those in the progressive community, that too much money is spent on NASA¿s budget. One urgent example: our ability to track the path of Apophis, the killer asteroid coming in our direction that could pass within a narrow range of altitudes called ¿the keyhole¿ in 2029? Should that happen, Earth¿s gravity will cause Apophis to slam into our planet in 2036 creating a tsunami that would be catastrophic for the west coast of North America, Hawaii, and the islands of the Pacific Rim. Perhaps saving our planet from global extinction might be reason enough for the naysayers to re-think their position on NASA funding (which by the way is much less than most people think). Sadly though, scientific literacy has been on the decline. Tyson points out that a recent survey found that one in five adults in the U.S. believes that the Sun revolves around the earth and that only 20 to 25% of the population can be considered scientifically literate. This might explain why some politicians feel comfortable disavowing the theory of evolution or ignoring the scientific data about climate change. By contrast, it¿s invigorating to read a book that reminds us of the successes (and failures) of the space program and underscores the way in which the accomplishments of NASA in the 1960s and 1970s inspired a generation to aspire to study science and aim for the stars. In the epilogue, Tyson lays out his ¿cosmic perspective¿ ¿ and it is truly breathtaking to read. Don¿t miss it!!!
jecko More than 1 year ago
A stimulating and entertaining read for the lay person. Neil gives us a cosmic perspective on our existence and persuasively argues for the importance of dreaming big, something we did during the Apollo days. He talks about NASA budgets, and peoples misconceptions about how much money is being spent on space exploration. This book is quite easy to read if you're not academic, and Neils passion and exuberance comes out well in his essays, I was captivated the whole time. Its true that some of his arguments get repeated as someone mentioned, but this overlap is to be expected as this book is just a collection of Neil's essays. Overall I highly recommend this book for people who have an enthusiasm for space exploration, but more than that, a passion for dreaming big and excelling forward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative, easy-to-read, and extremely interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will buy anything Neil Tyson writes as he does a brilliant job conveying science to a layman. I was disappointed in this book however due to the constant repetition of his single argument (albeit valid).
GeekRead More than 1 year ago
Neil deGrasse Tyson skillfully and plainly brings the world of high science to an everyday level. He makes an easy and fun read. A most for anyone interested in space or NASA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tyson repeats the same arguments over and over in different ways. While there are some interesting anecdotes, the bulk of the book is in the 10 minute interview.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cosmos and Neil are both amazing. This book is also a wonder thank you for the read Neil! Also stop posting random stupid ugly cat stuff nobody loves you Any ways great space book i totally recemend
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Randy54 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy science for the average person, and was looking forward to reading Mr. Tyson's latest. I was disappointed in his choice to run the same arguments over and over for NASA funding, which I believe in, and his theme that w/o NASA science will die in this country. This completely ignores all the other science going on, not that I expected him to cover them in this book. I just expected more from Mr. Tyson.
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Bought this for my son, a Neil deGrasse Tyson fan, as a gift. He was thrilled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually, while I did enjoy it, it was the typical NdeGT stuff, that I've heard much of before, tho of course still interesting. Fun to read, as one could almost hear him talking.