In support of Pluto-the cutest and most unfairly treated planet Pity poor Pluto: It's a planet that was discovered because of a mistake, a planet that turned out not to be a planet at all, thanks to a still-disputed decision made in 2006. And yet, Pluto is the planet best-loved by Americans, especially children, one that may have contained the building blocks of life billions of years ago and may well serve as life's last redoubt billions of years from now. In The Case for Pluto, award-winning science writer Alan Boyle traces the tiny planet's ups and downs, its strange appeal, the reasons behind its demotion, and the reasons why it should be set back in the planetary pantheon. Tells the compelling story of Pluto's discovery and how it became a cultural icon Makes the case for Pluto as planet, countering the books that argue against it Comes in a small, friendly package — just like Pluto — and features a handsome design, making it a great gift The Case for Pluto is the must-read tale of a cosmic underdog that has captured the hearts of millions: an endearing little planet that is changing the way we see the universe beyond our backyard. Alan Boyle is MSNBC.com’s science editor and the award-winning blogger behind Cosmic Log. He’s been a talking head on NBC’s The Today Show and the MSNBC cable channel, holding forth on scientific subjects ranging from the chances of an asteroid Armageddon to the 3-D wizardry behind the “Harry Potter” movies. But he writes better than he talks.
WINNER OF THE SCI-FI PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BOOKLIFE PRIZE. "COMPULSIVELY READABLE...PACKED WITH MYSTERIES AND SURPRISES...ENOUGH DETAIL TO THRILL FANS OF THE MARTIAN." -HUGO AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TIM PRATT AN ADVENTURE THREE BILLION MILES FROM EARTH. On August 25th, 2012, the Voyager 1 probe crossed into interstellar space. It contained a "golden record" with sounds, pictures, and greetings from earth. On March 15th, 2013, NASA received a transmission from the spacecraft that said: "Hello. We received your golden record. Let's meet." Now, internationally bestselling author B.C.CHASE invites you on a daring first contact mission into deep space with five intrepid astronauts, one spunky cosmonaut, and a seventy-five-year-old truck driver. *Previously published as Pluto's Ghost. This edition, dedicated to the team that launched the New Horizons probe, contains an interview with the author from Publishers Weekly Booklife. "IRREVERENT HUMOR...VIVID...MEMORABLE...AS ORIGINAL AS IT CAN GET." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY CRITIC "A FAST-PACED, EXCITING, AND SUSPENSEFUL THRILLER THAT WILL KEEP READERS ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS. FOUR OF FOUR STARS." -ONLINEBOOKCLUB.ORG "SOMETIMES DIFFERENT IS BETTER. THAT'S THE CASE HERE. ...FAST AND FUN." -THE OKLAHOMAN "CHASE HAS THE RAW TALENT FOR WRITING, AND THE WAY HE'S ABLE TO PUT YOU RIGHT INSIDE THE MAIN CHARACTER'S HEAD IS FANTASTIC." -SCIFIANDSCARY.COM "...BETTER THAN DUNE." -AMAZON.COM "Planet Pluto is a compulsively readable, twisty first-contact tale about a voyage from Earth to the edge of the solar system to meet mysterious aliens. The protagonist is an engagingly irascible elderly truck driver the aliens wanted along for reasons of their own, and his cranky-but-charming voice provides an excellent grounding for a tale full of physical, mechanical, and moral disasters. Planet Pluto is packed with mysteries and surprises, and filled with enough interesting engineering detail to thrill fans of The Martian." -Tim Pratt, Bestselling Author B.C.CHASE is the internationally bestselling author of the Paradeisia Trilogy, which critics have hailed as one of the greatest franchises of our time.* His electrifying talent for combining the latest in scientific breakthroughs with edge-of-your-seat thrills has earned him a reputation as a master of suspense. Amazon has named him among its top 10 Sci-fi authors. Visit the official website at bcchase.com for a chance to win free books. "CHASE'S CLEAN, FLOWING PROSE AND BRIGHT SENSE OF HUMOR LIVEN UP A TALE." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY CRITIC "INCREDIBLY WELL-WRITTEN." -EBOOKS ADDICT "CHASE KEEPS US GUESSING UNTIL THE END." -ONLINEBOOKCLUB.ORG "B.C.CHASE IS RAPIDLY BECOMING AN AUTHOR OF AUTHORITY." -GRADY HARP, VINE VOICE "CHASE HAS THE RAW TALENT FOR WRITING, AND THE WAY HE'S ABLE TO PUT YOU RIGHT INSIDE THE MAIN CHARACTER'S HEAD IS FANTASTIC." -SCIFIANDSCARY.COM "ONE HELL OF A RIDE." -THRILLERKAT REVIEWS "IN TRUE CRICHTON STYLE, CHASE TAKES ELEMENTS OF KNOWN SCIENCE, EXPLORES THEIR EXTREME POTENTIAL, AND BUILDS A MYSTERY AROUND SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES." -AMAZON.COM *epub.us
For five decades after its discovery in 1930, the planet Pluto remained an enigma. However, several events during the last two decades have helped to lift the veil of mystery surrounding the ninth planet. The discovery of its satellite, Charon, in 1978 permitted occultation observations that allowed scientists to determine the size of both bodies. Astronomers also detected the presence of an atmosphere, and the Hubble Space Telescope provided views in unprecedented detail. In addition to these two fortuitous events, advances in telescopic instrumentation and computational methods led to exciting observational and theoretical discoveries. This new Space Sciences Series volume focuses on the scientific issues associated with Pluto and Charon. Fifty collaborating authors here review the latest research on the Pluto-Charon binary, from bulk properties, surfaces and interiors to atmospheric structure, composition, and dynamics. They also provide historical perspectives on Pluto-Charon research and discuss the population of the trans-Neptunian region and the origin of the Pluto-Charon binary. Also included are prefatory remarks by Pluto's and Charon's discoverers, Clyde Tombaugh and James Christy. This volume offers the most comprehensive available compendium of research work for understanding these far off members of our solar system, just at a time following dramatic developments in our knowledge but before that knowledge can be advanced by spacecraft missions.
Jeff Wolf Green's writing embodies everything you would expect from Pluto; intense, powerful, riveting, transformative and penetrating . If you want to help yourself and assist other in conscious evolution, rather than simply waiting for it to happen, this book is the essential map for that journey!
Some scientific categories seem to correspond to genuine features of the world and are indispensable for successful science in some domain; in short, they are natural kinds . This book gives a general account of what it is to be a natural kind and puts the account to work illuminating numerous specific examples.
An Introductory Guide to the Mechanics of the Universe
Author: Douglas W. MacDougal
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
“Newton’s Gravity” conveys the power of simple mathematics to tell the fundamental truth about nature. Many people, for example, know the tides are caused by the pull of the Moon and to a lesser extent the Sun. But very few can explain exactly how and why that happens. Fewer still can calculate the actual pulls of the Moon and Sun on the oceans. This book shows in clear detail how to do this with simple tools. It uniquely crosses disciplines – history, astronomy, physics and mathematics – and takes pains to explain things frequently passed over or taken for granted in other books. Using a problem-based approach, “Newton’s Gravity” explores the surprisingly basic mathematics behind gravity, the most fundamental force that governs the movements of satellites, planets, and the stars. Author Douglas W. MacDougal uses actual problems from the history of astronomy, as well as original examples, to deepen understanding of how discoveries were made and what they mean. “Newton’s Gravity” concentrates strongly on the development of the science of orbital motion, beginning with Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, each of whom is prominently represented. Quotes and problems from Galileo’s Dialogs Concerning Two New Sciences and particularly Newton’s Principia help the reader get inside the mind of those thinkers and see the problems as they saw them, and experience their concise and typically eloquent writing. This book enables students and curious minds to explore the mysteries of celestial motion without having to know advanced mathematics. It will whet the reader’s curiosity to explore further and provide him or her the tools (mathematical or physical) to do so.
Pluto – the non-planet, the ex-planet – is the dominant celestial influence in Glyn Maxwell’s new collection: Pluto is a book about change, the before-and-after of love, the aftermath of loss: change of status and station, home and place, of tense and pronoun. It also marks a radical departure for one of our most celebrated English poets: his formidable skills as a rhetorician and dramatist are suddenly directed inwardly, to produce poems of brutal self-examination, raw elegy, and strange songs of the kind those bruising encounters often leave us singing to ourselves. In Pluto, Maxwell has set out something like a metaphysic of the affair; the result is a lean and concentrated poetry of great emotional power, and far and away Glyn Maxwell’s most directly personal work to date.
In the ten years preceding publication, the known solar system more than doubled in size. For the first time in almost two centuries an entirely new population of planetary objects was found. This 'Kuiper Belt' of minor planets beyond Neptune revolutionised our understanding of the solar system's formation and finally explained the origin of the enigmatic outer planet Pluto. This is the fascinating story of how theoretical physicists decided that there must be a population of unknown bodies beyond Neptune and how a small band of astronomers set out to find them. What they discovered was a family of ancient planetesimals whose orbits and physical properties were far more complicated than anyone expected. We follow the story of this discovery, and see how astronomers, theoretical physicists and one incredibly dedicated amateur observer came together to explore the frozen boundary of the solar system.
An Insider Account of the Ongoing Battles Over the Status of Pluto
Author: Laurence A. Marschall
Publisher: BenBella Books
When the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of the word 'planet' in August 2006, Pluto officially became a dwarf planet, but the controversy surrounding its status continued, pitting scientist against scientist and arousing public debate. Written by two renowned astronomers on opposing sides of the debate, Pluto Confidential leaves no perspective out and no asteroid unturned.
The life of Katy Klein, a professional astrologer, is changed suddenly when she meets Adam, a mysterious new client who believes she can help him unravel the half-remembered terrors of his childhood. Pluto Rising is a classic murder-mystery featuring a smart, down-to-earth sleuth ... and a unique twist: Each main character was created with an in-depth astrological chart that holds important clues to his or her complex personality."... fast paced and compelling ..." -Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail"Pluto Rising is a complex and engrossing first mystery from a writer to watch." -Kathleen Taylor, author of the Tory Bauer Mysteries
The aim of this book is to demonstrate to a wider audience, as well as to a more skilled audience, the many fascinating aspects of modern celestial mechanics. It sets out to do this without the use of mathematics. After giving the reader the technical tools needed for a basic understanding of the underlying physical phenomena (using only elementary mathematics), facts and figures are provided on historical events, modern discoveries and future applications. Contents are divided into major topics where the three "souls" of modern celestial mechanics (dynamical systems, Solar System and stellar systems, spaceflight dynamics) play a major role.
Analysis of the motion of the planets and their orbits around the sun raises an interesting possibility for the theory of General Relativity. A simple spreadsheet model is presented which examines various factors that could influence the orbits of the planets. It appears that variations in the speed of light could play an important role in determining the time taken for the planets to orbit the sun.
Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all? Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy’s Three Kingdoms.” Rather than concentrating on technicalities, this system focuses on the history of each object, the nature of its discovery, and our current knowledge about it. The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders. On another level, it is considerably more: the first comprehensive classification system to cover all celestial objects in a consistent manner. Accompanying each spread are spectacular historical and modern images. The result is a pedagogical tour-de-force, whereby readers can easily master astronomy’s three realms of planets, stars, and galaxies.
Explores the relationship between the Sun and the three outer planets of the solar system from the point of view of a planetary scientist, examining the role of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as recorders of the formation of the solar system.