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Accessory to War  : The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Accessory to War

The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Hardcover Published: 11th September 2018
ISBN: 9780393064445
Number Of Pages: 448

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In this fascinating foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war.

"The overlap is strong, and it's a two- way street," say the authors, because the astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi- spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance.

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson's millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

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"Throughout history, wars tend to be won by nations that are at the forefront of science. Thus astronomers and physicists have, since ancient times, benefited from an uneasy alliance with the military. This enlightening book explores the history and current implications of this partnership between space science and national security." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and professor of history, Tulane University
"Accessory to War is thought-provoking and reflective..." -- Nature
"In Accessory to War, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang give a sweeping panoramic overview of the enduring alliance between astrophysics and the military-from the Greeks to Galileo to GPS. The book's key contribution is in documenting the various ways science has aided military endeavors over the millennia and making the sometimes-arcane source material accessible." -- Science
"... wide-ranging and very readable history of the overlap between science and the military, penned with editor Avis Lang... The book is a fascinating exploration of humanity' s capacity to combine discovery with destruction..." -- BBC Sky at Night

ISBN: 9780393064445
ISBN-10: 0393064441
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 11th September 2018
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.6  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.96
Edition Number: 1

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

About the Author


Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He is the resident astrophysicist at with the American Museum of Natural History and is the host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

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