The Pluto Files

The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

Tyson, Neil deGrasse

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Pluto Files
An exploration of the controversy surrounding Pluto and its planet status from a renowned astrophysicist at the heart of the controversy.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393065200
Branch Call Number: 523.4922 T994p 2009
Characteristics: xii, 194 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,22 cm


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Have you ever recived hate mail in crayon? Here is someone who has... Tyson's personal account of the exhibit controversy and of Pluto's 2006 demotion from planet to dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Many who grew up learning that Pluto was a planet resisted the reclassifica... Read More »

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Dec 10, 2014
  • libbidy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is well written and easy to read. Tyson tells the story of Pluto's discovery and fall from planethood with humor and style. This is an easy, entertaining read.

Nov 12, 2014
  • Eleusis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well written, the story of Pluto and it's surroundings, as Pluto the dog, the museum in NY, and others, place yourself in the times when everything was happening. This allows you to breath that atmosfere, listen and feeling what was going on, giving you a sense of presense and a deeper understanding of the controversy.

Sep 20, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the tale of Pluto's rise as the ninth planet and its fall as just another big rock, as told as only astrophysicist Tyson could. Informative and engaging while still being a fun read.

Jun 07, 2013
  • cmault rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has such a great sense of humor and it comes through in his book, The Pluto Files. In addition to the true story of Pluto and how its status as a planet came under fire in 2006, Tyson offers many astonishing cosmic facts as well as some of the best (and worst) of his fan mail, including letters from school children. Quite amusing!

Feb 09, 2010
  • cllevett rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very cute book. It's an easy read and contains a great deal of pictures, cartoons, and new quotes. As is his fashion Dr. Tyson tells the story of Pluto's fall from grace with a great deal of humor.


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Jun 07, 2013
  • cmault rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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