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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier (2012)

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Other authors: Avis Lang (Editor)

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oh...did i ever love this book!! so much. i am already a big fan of mr. neil degrasse tyson and this book just helped cement that love for me. dude is just awesome-sauce deluxe! i really like him because he just seems to OOZE passion for and in his work and he also seems to always be having a good time and able to poke a bit of fun at himself (hello big bang theory appearance. HA!).

when i finished this read a little bit ago, i began reading some reviews here on GR, to see what people thought. two things jumped out at me:

1) complaints about the repetition in the book. there was a bit of it, i agree. but it didn't bother me at all. in fact, when some things were mentioned a 2nd or 3rd time, it only served to help cement an idea in my brain. i am not a dumb-dumb...but NdGT is a super-smart guy and he could easily talk or write in a manner that would only work for people in his same field of work or other really, really smart people. i didn't feel like he dumbed anything down, just to be clear, but i think the repetition was helpful. i like the way he can take very complicated information and make it digestible and interesting!!

2) complaints about this being very america-centric and an accusation of 'jingoism'. sigh. i am canadian. we just had a wonderful astronaut in space, in charge of the I.S.S - commander chris hadfield. WOOT! canada, though not a superpower on the space frontier has made some great contributions through technology, invention and its people. the fact we didn't get much notice in the book? WHO CARES? NdGT is american. NASA and the space program are solidly rooted american creations. the work NdGT does is in the efforts of american progress. he has a global understanding and respect for other nations and their space programs, this was obvious. but of course the perspective is going to be american and enthusiastic. NdGT also mentions often the idea that space is non-partisan and the future will be about international cooperation.

i made a gushy post within a group i belong to, earlier today, so i am going to copy it here because there was a link i shared that i really liked:

okay, so i mentioned i am reading [b:Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier|11982578|Space Chronicles Facing the Ultimate Frontier|Neil deGrasse Tyson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1330979198s/11982578.jpg|16946049] already. i am now about halfway through and i am really digging it. the book is a collection of essays and interviews [a:Neil deGrasse Tyson|12855|Neil deGrasse Tyson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1233333502p2/12855.jpg] has given over the years. this morning i sampled a few reviews and the one thing i noticed was that people complained about there being repetition. i did notice this while i was reading, but for me, when the repetition has happened, it only served to reinforce and idea or solidify information into my brain. it doesn't happen a lot (or hasn't to the point i am at, anyway).

one of the ides NdGT touches on is the issue of manned space flight versus robots. he clearly states he doesn't see it as an either/or scenario and while the cost to send a person into space is up to 50 times more expensive than sending robotics...you cannot program for certain things. one being the quest to explore. i have loved the essays dealing with this subject.

i also like one part where he weighs in on his personal experiences growing up. he was very interested in sciences and space from a young age, but being young and black in brooklyn in the 60s did not cry out "PATH OF AN ASTROPHYSICIST!!" to him. he pointed out issues that of course, we know about given what was going on in society at that time. but reading his thoughts and feelings on how the politics of race and segregation affected him...was really moving. (a letter was sent to NASA demanding they recruit black students from alabama and tuskageee into their programs, and bringing them onto staff, as one example.)

so i was really interested when i came across this piece on brain pickings about how to be an explorer.



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  DawsonOakes | Sep 20, 2013 |
Space Chronicles is a collection of previously published columns, articles and speeches by Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you've heard him speak in the last few years, this is familiar material. It was great breakfast reading material: each essay is short, slightly intellectually challenging, and inspirational (study Science! go to Mars! we can do it!). ( )
  bkohl | Aug 31, 2013 |
Excellent collection of the author's monthly columns from Natural History, other writings, radio commentaries, and speeches relating to NASA and space exploration. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Aug 30, 2013 |
Half of the book was about how little money gets NASA, as non-US citizen found it kind of boring so much debate on US aerospace mess. ( )
  j_aroche | Jun 26, 2013 |
A great, if mildly repetitive set of essays on renewed space exploration, the shuttle program, the necessity of a new Sputnik moment, etc.

If you're familiar enough with Neil deGrasse Tyson, you'll know what he's saying here already. If you're not, here's a great place to start. Or at least follow his Twitter. Seriously. The man's great. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393082105, Hardcover)

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.

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents his views on the future of space travel and America's role in that future, giving his readers an eye-opening manifesto on the importance of space exploration for America's economy, security, and morale.

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