The Pluto Files

I want to recommend to you an outstanding piece of literature that I read recently.

The Pluto Files, by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is actually one of the best books I’ve ever read. Jon Stewart (from the Daily Show) says “You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life”. You may be thinking that it’s going to be a really nerdy book and something that you wouldn’t understand until college, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Dr. Tyson has a way of writing that is understandable and relatable, with the style of his show on PBS NovaScience NOW. It’s pretty friendly for the not-so-scientific-mind too, but definitely not in a Bill Nye kind of way.

In The Pluto Files, Tyson is providing some evidence that Pluto is in fact NOT a planet. He starts with showing how we as a culture have grown emotionally attached to Pluto, Americans especially. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, a man with no background in astronomy, who first discovered it in New Mexico. From there, he goes to talk about Pluto in history, in science, where its downfall began, the sides that people took, the verdict of scientists, and where it is currently. And don’t forget the comics thrown in there!

Not to mention the angry letters sent from school children to Dr. Tyson over this controversial matter.

There’s no doubt that I recommend this book. It’s a great read, and it’s pretty quick for those of you with not a lot of time for reading over the summer. I got my copy at Barnes and Noble, but they have it at Border’s as well.

Stay nerdy! (Or become nerdy if you weren’t already. Nerds rule the world if you haven’t noticed 😉 )

AtMM

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3 thoughts on “The Pluto Files

  1. Dan says:

    It has nothing to do with Pluto or space or anything, but I just finished the book Clockwork Orange. One of the best books I have ever read. A little hard to understand because of the made up language it uses, and absolutely horrifying at some parts, but fantastic nonetheless. You have to look past the Alex’s serious mental issues and see the deeper philosophy of the book. Then watch the movie, I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. From the same guy who directed Dr. Strangelove and The Shining.

    -Dan

  2. Connor says:

    OMG, nerds do rule! Nerds Unite!

  3. It is important to note that Tyson has distanced himself from the controversial 2006 IAU decision, which he himself admits is flawed. At this point, he even admits that the debate is not over, that it might be too early in the study of planetary scientists for anyone to be defining what a planet is in the first place. This was pretty much his message at the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, which he moderated at the American Museum of Natural History on March 10, 2009 and in his NOVA documentary that aired in March of this year. For another perspective, a good book is “The Case for Pluto” by Alan Boyle.

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