How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet... show more
The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown’s engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy—which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone’s favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?
Publish date: 2010-12-07
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Amusing. Normally I don't like it when authors bring personal stories into their work, and I was critical of this at the beginning, but Mike Brown did literally make me laugh out loud [kitty litter in washing machine], so...Plus there were some details about the back story of the discovery-scooping...
Even if Pluto is was your favorite planet (after all, it was named after a cartoon dog!) you will be charmed by this account of a scientists' life and work. From this writing Mike Brown obviously has communication skills which I'm sure makes him a popular instructor and lecturer at Caltech. This ...
This book is precisely what I was looking for in a book about Pluto. It contains all the depth of information that The Pluto Files was missing but still had a narrative voice I enjoyed even more than either of the other books. From the story of the narrator's experiences trying to write papers wh...
Have you every wondered how Pluto got kicked out of the Planetary Club? Mike Brown shares the story of how his discovery of other objects in the further reaches of the solar system got Pluto demoted.Overall, I enjoyed this story. Dr. Brown is obviously a scientist, and his memoir has that little b...