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In the spring of , as the United States launched its invasion of Iraq, the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was attending the annual conference of the Space Foundation, in Colorado Springs. The conference brings together professionals from various fields who share an interest in space — scientists, commercial satellite makers, as well as government and military officials — and as the invasion got underway, some of the attendees drifted to a television screen to watch the spectacle unfolding live on CNN. Whenever the anchor would announce a strike by, say, a cruise missile, employees of defense contractors in the crowd whose companies had helped make the missile would cheer. He also understood that some conflicts are justified. Or, Tyson says, consider Galileo.
One of America's best-known scientists, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spent much of his career sharing his knowledge with others. He has a great talent for presenting complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner. After studying at Harvard University, he earned his doctorate from Columbia University in Tyson went to work for the Hayden Planetarium in before becoming its director. Tyson remains a popular TV science expert today and has amassed over 13 million followers on Twitter. When he was nine, he took a trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History where he got his first taste of star-gazing. Tyson later took classes at the Planetarium and got his own telescope.
Astrophysicist and advocate Neil DeGrasse Tyson is someone that more people should listen to — and with his new book, you have a chance to win over your friends who haven't yet heard his pro-science message. His latest book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier , is an excellent collection of essays gathered from numerous sources over the last couple of decades. Unlike Tyson's prior books, Space Chronicles goes wide in vision and covers an impressive range of topics, from killer asteroids to NASA and its troubled history with race, to the Space Shuttle to Star Trek , ultimately boiling down to a single cohesive message: appreciation and education of the sciences is important to the future of the country, and must be an ever more important priority as we continue into the future. Tyson is great at staying on message: over the course of the book, he repeats a couple points early and often: a year's expenditure by the United States military is equal to that of the entire half-century's spending on NASA, which has put men on the Moon, robots onto planets, moons and asteroids, and brought us incredible images of the universe that surrounds us. Put another way, as he notes in a number of chapters, NASA's budget is a half cent on the dollar when it comes to someone's taxes. If you double that investment, the United States can do incredible things in outer space and here on the ground. It's telling that Tyson starts off in the prologue with his observations on how society works as a rational and irrational system, and how space exploration fits into the American political world.