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How I killed Pluto and why it had it coming
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Published:
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Desc:
xiii, 267 pages : 1 illustration ; 21 cm
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 7.9 - AR Pts: 15
Status:
Maryland City at Russett Library - Nonfiction
523.49 B
Description
The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of "dwarf" planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters--all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown's engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy--which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone's favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe--and who among us hasn't?
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385531085, 0385531087
Accelerated Reader:
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Level 7.9, 15 Points

Notes

General Note
Includes index.
Description
The astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's tenth planet describes the ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Brown, M. (2010). How I killed Pluto and why it had it coming. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Brown, Mike, 1965-. 2010. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Brown, Mike, 1965-, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Brown, Mike. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2010. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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