Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
A thought-provoking and humorous collection on NASA and the future of space travel.Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on... show more
A thought-provoking and humorous collection on NASA and the future of space travel.Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold—with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil—Tyson’s views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future are especially timely and urgent. This book represents the best of Tyson’s commentary, including a candid new introductory essay on NASA and partisan politics, giving us an eye-opening manifesto on the importance of space exploration for America’s economy, security, and morale. Thanks to Tyson’s fresh voice and trademark humor, his insights are as delightful as they are provocative, on topics that range from the missteps that shaped our recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.
Publish date: 2012-02-27
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
A solid collection of NDT's essays solidifying his position that we must not give up on space and fall behind China and the other spacefaring nations.Interesting factoid: the current NASA budget (which everyone thinks should be cut in these lean economic times) is less than a half penny per person. ...
Slightly redundant. A collection of essays, speeches, columns, interview transcripts and, for the love of giant black hole at the center of the galaxy, tweets from Tyson. It gets repetitive very fast, unfortunately, and is more focused on space advocacy, in the form illustratory histories of the spa...
Tyson is an eloquent spokesman for his "Cosmic Perspective." Though Space Chronicles is a non-book (i.e., a compilation of "15 years worth of commentaries"), it manages to include much useful information, packaged in bite-sized snippets. Those looking for a treatise on astrophysics, or a detailed ...
One has to be careful in writing about science. Dumb it down and you risk losing your main audience who'll think it was written for grade schoolers but make it too advanced and people tend to get bored with all the technical jargon.The author's approach is just right. What I liked best was he correc...
Fact: I've got a bit of a geek crush on Neil deGrasse Tyson. Brilliant man, impressive writer, and his appearances on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are must-see TV for me.Now that my disclaimer is out of the way...Space Chronicles is an excellent read, not overly ambitious but full of insi...