The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2004
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Like many athletic kids he played baseball, won medals in track and swimming, and was captain of his high school wrestling team. But at the same time he was setting up a telescope on winter nights, taking an advanced astronomy course at the Hayden Planetarium, and spending a summer vacation at an astronomy camp in the Mojave Desert.
Eventually, his scientific curiosity prevailed, and he went on to graduate in physics from Harvard and to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. There followed postdoctoral research at Princeton. In 1996, he became the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where some twenty-five years earlier he had been awed by the spectacular vista in the sky theater.
Tyson pays tribute to the key teachers and mentors who recognized his precocious interests and abilities, and helped him succeed. He intersperses personal reminiscences with thoughts on scientific literacy, careful science vs. media hype, the possibility that a meteor could someday hit the Earth, dealing with society’s racial stereotypes, what science can and cannot say about the existence of God, and many other interesting insights about science, society, and the nature of the universe.
Now available in paperback with a new preface and other additions, this engaging memoir will enlighten and inspire an appreciation of astronomy and the wonders of our universe.
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The book is over far too soon, but that's not due to any flaw in the book; you just want to spend more time learning more about NDT and his story. That the reader is so entertained that he or she is left wanting to spend more time reading what the author writes is the surest sign of a successful book of any kind, in my eyes.
I enjoyed Neil deGrasse Tyson's candor, wit, positivity, encouragement, and knowledge. (My fifth graders enjoyed this book also.)
Mr. Tyson provided a face and personal history to his quest - becoming an astrophysicist. He encountered many roadblocks but always endured. "I wanted to do with my life what people of my skin color were not supposed to do."
Today Mr. Tyson has a distinguished career in astrophysics, hosts COSMOS A SPACETIME ODYSSEY as well as STARTALK RADIO SHOW, writes informative books, receives numerous awards, guests on television shows.
For Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D. the sky was - unequivocally - NOT the limit!
A few oddities: the captions in the kindle version are jumbled, and misspelled. Also, paragraph breaks on the kindle were sporadic. I'd doubt the original text contained any of those errors. I still enjoyed the read :)
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