- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: WW Norton (Feb. 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393082105
- ISBN-13: 978-0393082104
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Space Chronicles Hardcover – Feb 7 2012
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A genial advocate for the space program, Tyson offers diagnoses of its malaise that will resonate with its supporters. — Booklist
An enthusiastic, persuasive case to start probing outer space again. — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.
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The book gets a 5, but the audiobook loses some stardust and gets a 4.
A warning, and the ONLY reason this gets four insted of five stars. If (like me) you bought the kindle version and listened to some of it via audiobook, take heed. The narrator of the Audible product is (unfortunately) not Tyson, but someone who is a little robotic and who has a tendency to mispronounce just enough of the words to approach "Oh...come on" status. Examples: Anton Von Leowenhoek's name, Jai Alai, tertiary, Xenon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX1xRtDXIvE), and Saturn "Vee" (as opposed to Saturn V, as in five) all drove me crazy when repeatedly pronounced incorrectly. Knowing Dr. Tyson's respect for language, I suspect he too would cringe at these pronunciations.
Of all the ails which beset Man, I believe a lack of education underpins them all. In a world of useless religious fervor, reality television and biased media, this book invites the reader to be part of something that's worth fighting for.
My two problems with this book as there was no obvious flow to the chapters. In My Humble Opinion it appears that they just simply took a bunch of writings and interviews and slapped them together in a sort of Greatest Hits of Neil Tyson. Also if you anticipating more be forewarned that the entire last 40% of the book was the laws and articles that created NASA as a space agency. Lots of legal Jargon and he references it a bit in the book so a handy reference but I bought the book to read what Neil had to say. Everyone of the chapters is filled with fascinating facts and observations. Neil has a unique way of boiling the entire Universe into something you can get your head around which is no small feat for my tiny brain pan. But every chapter had something in it that was repeated multiple times throughout the book. If I had two star ratings I would have given it 5 stars for content and only 2 for structure and flow. Trust me on this. I'm an Engineer and no English Teacher so if it was distracting to someone like me then a true book snob would tear it appart. In fact I admired the random out of the box nature of his observations a great deal. It just made it harder to read for someone without A.D.D.
Each chapter is digestible and entertaining reading for everyone. It's far from dry. So if you enjoy Tyson's interviews and presentations then you won't be disappointed with this book.
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