Thursday, August 25, 2011

How I killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Think back to 2006. Do you remember the first time you heard that a group
of astronomers had decided that Pluto was not a planet anymore? Remember
that sad feeling of “Oh, poor Pluto” or maybe you got angry and thought,
“Why are they picking on Pluto? What did Pluto do to anyone?” Now you have
someone to blame. Meet Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered “the
tenth planet”, which ultimately led to the downfall of Pluto. In How I
Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
, Brown raises the question of what
exactly is a planet. You think that the answer would be simple, but Brown
raises several important arguments that might change your views on the
former planet.   How I killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming made me wish
I had paid more attention in astronomy class in college. Who knew an
astronomer could write so charmingly? By the end of the novel, I was
rooting for Brown’s cause. This story is filled with intrigue,
backstabbing, love, and even a baby. Sandra Tsing Loh said it right when
she wrote, “Mike Brown is the funniest, smartest, and most surprisingly
poetic Caltech astronomer who ever made my daughters cry. Certainly their
happy nine-planet childhoods were worth sacrificing for this truly
fascinating and engaging read.”


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