Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Space Chronicles Facing the Ultimate Frontier America s space program is at a turning point After decades of global primacy NASA has ended the space shuttle program cutting off its access to space No astronauts will be launched in an American c

  • Title: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
  • Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson Avis Lang
  • ISBN: 9780393082104
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America s space program is at a turning point After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space shuttle program, cutting off its access to space No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries space programs.With his signature wit and thought provoking insights, NAmerica s space program is at a turning point After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space shuttle program, cutting off its access to space No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries space programs.With his signature wit and thought provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson one of our foremost thinkers on all things space illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson s recent commentary, including a must read prologue on NASA and partisan politics Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

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    1. This book is a collection of fascinating essays. Each essay is a gem; Tyson has excellent points of view about a number of subjects related to space exploration. The main theme of the book, is that NASA's funding should be increased, in order to allow manned space flights beyond low-Earth orbit. Tyson has some very good reasons for this; perhaps the chief reason is that only manned space flights will generate enthusiasm among young people, sufficient to encourage them to become scientists and en [...]

    2. “Space Chronicles”.I like the topic. I like the author. I like his style, his insights, his humor (most of the time), and his enthusiasm for what lies beyond the wild blue yonder.This would have been a great book at one-quarter length. Why do I say that? Because there is so much repetition of themes: to the point where whole sentences and even passages are identical in multiple places. Not that the specific places where these statements get re-used are inappropriate or just “filler”. No, [...]

    3. I'm starting to think and hope that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is our generation's version of Carl Sagan. In that he not only writes and speak about space with such energy and passion, but he shares Sagan's ability to explain the universe in humurous, elegant and easy to understand ways, that make his work accessible to the laymen, as well as the passionate science and space geeks out there.I watched Tyson give an interview the other night and he had me shouting "yes!" at the television as he systemati [...]

    4. One has to be careful in writing about science. Dumb it down and you risk losing your main audience who'll think it was written for grade schoolers but make it too advanced and people tend to get bored with all the technical jargon.The author's approach is just right. What I liked best was he correctly points out that there are other reasons besides exploration for having a space program. There are scientific discoveries that can be applied for the benefit of all. It will interest kids so they m [...]

    5. In short: a number of essays where deGrasse Tyson argues that America needs to spend more on NASA and its science and research. Many good arguments that people might not be thinking about. Some history on space travels and their impacts on science, culture, and more. He goes on arguing that America needs more space travels, but he's arguing that while space travels without humans (only robots) is cheaper, astronauts become symbols, almost celebrities and can cause the general population to take [...]

    6. 3,5/5Hace bastante que tenía este libro descargado en mi eReader y no me decidía a leerlo pero finalmente el otro día lo vi, lo abrí y acabé haciéndolo. Sorpresivamente no tardé tanto tiempo como yo esperaba así que estoy bastante contenta.Básicamente este libro es una compilación de artículos, charlas, entrevistas y notas escritas por el famoso astrofísico estadounidense Neil deGrasse Tyson (le dejo una mini biografía abajo de todo), sobretodo conocido por haber aparecido en varios [...]

    7. I really struggled with this book. I love space and space travel - I have lived through and been thrilled by the entire space race and the development of space science. I expected to love a book by a great astronomer and science populariser, but instead I pretty well had to give up, part way through.There are two problems. The lesser one is the structure of the book. It consists of a collection of articles, interviews and such that Tyson has produced on the subject of space exploration. This ine [...]

    8. Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson “Space Chronicles" is the inspirational plea of why NASA matters to America and what space exploration means to our species. Renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson dissects the politics of space and also enlightens the reader of the sense of awe that comes from space exploration and discovery. This book selections represent commentary, interviews, thought-provoking quotes reflecting a spectrum of fascinating topics fro [...]

    9. Space Chronicles is a compilation of essays, interviews and even tweets by everyone's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. They all discuss the history of space travel, how it came to be and what can be expected in the future. It is divided in three parts.Part one: Why It talks about why we are so fascinated with space. It discusses everything from what the requirements for life are to the probabilities of been killed by an asteroid (which, spoiler alert, is the same as dying on an airp [...]

    10. Can't do it man. Just can't keep reading this thing. It's not interesting. It's too disjointed for me to enjoy, and too much stuff about NASA's policy and things like that. I wanted to read something like "packing for mars" I guess. So, even though I love Neil and his mustache and everything, I will have to stop reading this book right here.

    11. A collection of essays written by Tyson over the years. Essays describe America's history in space and our current aimlessness in space exploration. The essays are consistent: we went to Moon to beat the Russians - essentially a Cold War endeavor; a nation that does not dream and think about tomorrow is doomed; other nations will pass us by; with NASA's share of the US budget less than 1/2 of 1% we can do great things if only we'd look up and dream. As someone who once dreamed of being an astron [...]

    12. I never thought reading about science can be easy and fun. I like the style of Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is now officially my favorite author. I did not understand why the appendices at the end were added, but, apart from that, in my opinion this is a 5-star book.

    13. Target audience: Common people, anyone passionate about space, astronomy, the Universe and the future of space exploration.About the author: According to , Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, 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. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophy [...]

    14. I can't remember anymore how or where I first came across Neil deGrasse Tyson. What I do remember is taking an instant liking to the man. I first started reading one of his earlier books, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, though I never got through the entire thing because I ended up giving it to my grandfather who took it back to India. With so many books on my reading list, I haven't had a chance to get another copy.Around that time, I also saw Dr. Tyson speak at an event at Ha [...]

    15. Dr. Tyson is a genius. He is BRILLAINT. He is good hearted. He is observant. And he is a master of explaining anything and everything in an easy to understand manner. I mean seriously, he could be explaining how paint dries and I would be completely enthralled and fascinated by the process. This book is a collection of his wittings, speeches, and interviews over the years and revolves around man's journey into the universe. He talks about why we should make the effort to escape low orbit and how [...]

    16. ohdid 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 [...]

    17. Space Chronicles is not a tough read like A Brief History of Time, nor is it an amazing look at how science will improve our lives like Micho Kaku's Physics of the Future. It's a collection of brief passages, most reprinted material from Neil deGrasse Tyson's many newspaper columns, interviews, and even some of his more poignant tweets. This makes for an incredibly easy read, and one that I was almost finished with in only a few hours' time.And the more I read, the more I came to realize who thi [...]

    18. Neil deGrasse Tyson has become one of my favorite people walking planet earth. His passion, intellect, knowledge, charisma and way with words is truly infectious!SPACE CHRONICLES is a collection of essays and magazine articles that Dr.Tyson has written over the years, where he lays out his arguments for the importance of space exploration. It's about more than visiting the moon, potentially visiting Mars etc Many of our greatest inventions and things we take for granted in our everyday life, com [...]

    19. This book tackles why space exploration is necessary now more than ever and the hurdles/triumphs of the ultimate frontier. The way Neil Degrasse Tyson writes is very readable to me. He has the ability to make some complicated subjects much more simple - which makes sense since he frequently calls himself an educator above all else.The 'problem' with this book is that he constantly repeats himself throughout the book. I get it Neil, the space race was a byproduct of the Cold War. But I think the [...]

    20. I am a huge fan of NDT. I absolutely agree with basically everything I've heard him say on space and NASA. So I pretty much had to read this book just on general principle and in support of what he's doing. That being said, I felt a little disappointed emotionally when reading this. I guess my expectations were too high. I would have devoured this as a teen, before starting at NASA. It is definitely geared toward the layman. Which is really as it should be. At the same time I didn't enjoy readin [...]

    21. Big stretch to give this 2 stars. I bought the book as I thought it would be about astronomy and astrophysics. It is not.The book is a collection of essays and interviews with huge amounts of material repeated over and over. The primary subjects are NASA and the author's interest in manned space flight.I was especially annoyed at the author's extreme exaggerations about consumer and health products we enjoy today that he asserts came from NASA research.His main interest is promoting manned space [...]

    22. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a good view of the past, current and future of space exploration. "Why, how and when" is thoroughly explained with an enthusiasm that is unparalleled. To be frank, I just really want to become an astronomer right now!

    23. Let me state at the outset that Dr. Tyson is one of my favorite Neils of all time, second only to Neil Young, but coming in well ahead of Neils Sedaka, Diamond and “from the Young Ones.” My regular enjoyment of his podcast Star Talk will be in no way diminished by my disappointment in this book, because this isn’t actually a book.It looks like a book. It’s got a a bunch of pages between a pair of covers and it has an ISBN number and everything, so legally speaking, it probably IS a book. [...]

    24. My favorite part of the book was Tyson's keynote speech at the Goddard Memorial Dinner in 2005:"One day I was reading the newspaper--a dangerous thing to do, always--and I saw a headline complaining, 'HALF OF SCHOOL IN DISTRICT SCORED BELOW AVERAGE.' Well, that's kind of what an average is! You get about half below and half aboveI've got another example. It's often said that the state lottery is a tax on the poor, because people with low incomes spend a disproportionate amount of their money on [...]

    25. Aquest llibre és una recopilació d'articles, entrevistes i xerrades que ha fet en Neil de Grasse Tyson els últims anys. És un llibre molt interessant, on ens explica la seva visió de l'espai i ens dóna múltiples raons per les que cal invertir més en l'espai. I també hi ha una mica d'història del que ha sigut la NASA als últims anys. És un llibre bastant crític amb les retallades en el pressupost, però jo li he trobat dos petits defectes. El primer, que es repeteix molt. En ser una [...]

    26. Este libro me sorprendió. Me encantan los libros que me sorprenden y me dejan pensando. Al inicio, pensé que se trataría de un libro netamente científico; pero, definitivamente es una perspectiva distinta, desde varios ángulos. Este libro cuestiona y llama a la reflexión sobre las verdaderas motivaciones del gobierno de Estados Unidos para decidir invertir o no en programas de la NASA. Habla con muchos detalles críticos los intereses políticos detrás del financiamiento de proyectos cien [...]

    27. I've been reading this book all semester while working on a project for a college course I'm taking; the project is an argumentative paper in favor of giving NASA greater funding. There were parts of this book I read multiple times, just because they were so interesting! Tyson is not only passionate about the subject matter but brings some very fresh and humorous arguments to the table. This was an invaluable resource for me and I'm glad I read it. Although I don't agree with every little thing [...]

    28. I found this book to be both informative and entertaining. Tyson writes like he speaks, and I easily hear his voice as I was reading this book. His entire premise is that what made America great was our desire to explore and reach outward. Tyson thinks we are not doing that enough now, and that the result is other nations will leapfrog us technologically. Perhaps or perhaps not. But his writing does cause one to think, which is always a good thing.

    29. How much do you think is NASA getting off the tax dollar? If your answer is 10 cents you need to read this book immediately. DeGrasse Tyson proves a point in this collection of articles: astronomy and astrophysics are under-funded and have been for the majority of their history.I found interesting the point made by the author according to which sciences of the cosmos only achieve significant funding and support in two cases: war (cold or hot) and economic benefits. If not for these two then we r [...]

    30. the great neil degrasse tyson, astrophysicist, director of the hayden planetarium, pbs/nova host, and ambassador to all sorts of interstellar and cosmic awesomeness, is also the author of nearly a dozen books. his newest, space chronicles: facing the ultimate frontier, is a collection of three dozen articles, speeches, and interviews (and even a poem!) previously published or delivered in public. divided into three main parts ("why," "how," and "why not"), space chronicles delves into a wide var [...]

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