Neil deGrasse Tyson's Essential Business Reads

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One of America’s best-known scientists, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson—the indefatigable astrophysicist, professor, columnist, and erstwhile TV host—has served as director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History since 1996. (In that capacity, he made the decision, in 2006, to demote Pluto from a planet to a dwarf.) In his newly published book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Future (W.W. Norton, 2012), Tyson makes an ardent defense of the U.S.’s manned space program, arguing that NASA’s golden age of the 1960s led to a wave of unexpected innovations that transformed America.

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