Praise for 'The Case for Pluto'
least I'm getting some respect in journalist Alan
Boyle's new book, The Case for Pluto. ...
It's a great account of my place in history and
culture, the science of the solar system, and the
rough ride I've been getting recently."
— The Planet Pluto, as told to David Shiga of New Scientist
Boyle, an award-winning science writer and the
science editor at MSNBC.com, presents the issues
regarding Pluto's status, both popular and
scientific, in a winning fashion."
— Publishers Weekly
Boyle ... reported on the events that culminated in
Pluto's ouster for his blog Cosmic Log as they
unfolded. Now Boyle has reported the rest of the
intriguing story in his new book The Case for
Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference,
which comes in an appropriately endearing little
— Betsy Mason, Wired
Boyle, MSNBC's science editor, turns advocate for
the only planet named after a Disney character,
delving into the history and mystery of the king of
the dwarf planets." [It's more likely that the
Disney character was named after the planet, but you
can read all about that in the book.]
— Dan Vergano, USA Today
The Case for Pluto, [Alan Boyle] covers the
controversy from a bemused, slightly partisan
perspective, but one that gives both sides their
due. His book is considerably more comprehensive
than Tyson’s The Pluto Files, but just as
amusing, and can provide a pleasant, educational
read for general audiences and smart high school
students. ... Once again, we're reminded that
science can be fun."
— Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star News
"Science writer Alan Boyle chronicles the rise and
fall of embattled Pluto — from its serendipitous
discovery in 1930 to its hotly debated downgrade to
nonplanet in 2006 — and in so doing reveals just how
intertwined science, politics and culture really
— Kate Wong, Scientific American
Case for Pluto is a good summary of the debate
on Pluto’s identity, and a reminder that as our
knowledge of the solar system and the universe
changes, our structure for classifying that
knowledge must change as well."
— Jeff Foust, editor and publisher of The Space Review
is the object of heated book-length debate. For
those in the planethood camp, there's The Case
— Kate Becker, astronomy outreach manager and Visible Universe columnist, Boulder Daily Camera
the regular themes on this blog is the 2005 decision
by astronomers to demote Pluto from planethood, and
the cultural impact that's had. I've just read a
fine new book, The Case for Pluto."
— Eric Berger, SciGuy at the Houston Chronicle
totally cool book ... which I strongly recommend to
you for your own reading and for gift giving this
— Dr. David Livingston, host, "The Space Show."
are interested in the history of the whole debate
over what is a planet according to astronomers, this
is a worthwhile addition to your shelf."
— Dale Amon, Samizdata
fans the flames about out-in-the-cold Pluto in an
engaging and compact way, a delightful look at the
demoting of Pluto as a planet. ... You'll find this
book a valuable asset in better understanding the
perplexing story about the 'outing' of Pluto as our
solar system's ninth planet."
— Leonard David, veteran space journalist, Space Coalition Blog
Boyle "knows his Pluto. So if you need to argue
Pluto, at least start here first."
— Mike Brown, Caltech astronomer and foremost discoverer of dwarf planets
Boyle’s story of how Pluto, ‘the picked-on planet,’
got kicked out of the solar system family circle has
all the intrigue and passion of a political
scandal—which, in part, it was. Many astronomers
still think demoting Pluto to an official ‘dwarf’
was more than a little foolish. But how do such
momentous decisions get made? What is a planet
anyway? Boyle offers a play by play of the Battle of
Prague, where everyone’s favorite runt planet got
expelled from the inner (and outer) circle of
planets, and what it all means for Pluto lovers and
other Earthlings alike.”
— K.C. Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up
“Alan Boyle’s engrossing tale of the ups and downs of Pluto takes the reader on a voyage of discovery about not only Pluto, but about the very process of scientific discovery, where new facts can lead to contentious debates that remain unsettled for years. The Case for Pluto provides all the details and arguments that are needed for the reader to form a strong opinion of their own about Pluto’s claim to planethood.”
—Alan Boss, planetary scientist at Carnegie Institution for Science and author of The Crowded Universe
“Alan Boyle has told the story that no one else has about the rapidly evolving view of what it means for a body to be a planet. Moreover, he’s told the story engagingly, with inside tidbits on how the old establishment in astronomy failed itself and the scientific method in rejecting dwarf planets from the zoo of planetary types. This is a must read for any fan of astronomy and the solar system, indeed, for any fan of science!”
—Alan Stern, planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute, principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, and co-author of Pluto and Charon
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