How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

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The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.

A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?
 

About Mike Brown

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Mike Brown is the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. In 2006 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 People Who Shape Our World as well as one of Los Angeles magazine's Most Influential People in L.A. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 290 pages
Genres: History, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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How Mike Brown discovered a potential 10th planet, and ended up the unlikely force behind Pluto’s demotion.

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The New York Times

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How Mike Brown discovered a potential 10th planet, and ended up the unlikely force behind Pluto’s demotion.

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The New York Times

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“How I Killed Pluto” is a short, eager-to-please research memoir on the rise and fall of the planet Pluto.

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The Wall Street Journal

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An astronomer writes wittily about how his discoveries accidentally earned Pluto an unpleasant demotion

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Star Tribune

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A brilliant memoir that brings clarity and elegance to the complexities of planetary science.

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Los Angeles Times

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Mike Brown's account of how Pluto was bumped down from planetary status is a lively look into astronomy, while Bernd Brunner waxes poetic, and scientific, on the moon.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In his Ahab-like search for a 10th planet, Brown would transform our understanding of what a planet is, thereby triggering a historic reexamination of Pluto's status as our ninth planet."

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A Patchwork of Books

But, when he did discover some, instead of being excited he discovered a planet, he realized that, really, Pluto shouldn’t count as a planet, because that made what he was finding make a lot more sense.Brown is a hilarious and fascinating as he tells us about the development of thought about the ...

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If if Xena was not a planet, Pluto should probably not be classified as a planet either.

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