Format:
Large Print, Book
Author:
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
Title:
Accessory to war : the unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military / by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang.
Edition:
Large print edition.
Publisher, Date:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
©2018
Description:
993 pages 23 cm.
Summary:
In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it's a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology--which is more or less the same technology for both parties--nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else's disadvantage." Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson's millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.
Series:
Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction
Subjects:
Astronautics, Military -- United States.
Astrophysics -- United States.
Military research -- United States.
Military art and science -- Technological innovations -- History.
Science and state -- United States.
Large type books.
Other Author:
Lang, Avis, author.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
9781432863814 (large print : hbk.)
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
654159
Call Number:
355.001 TYS LP
Course Reserves:
0
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1