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Accessory to War - the Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military Hardcover – 11 Sep 2018

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A wide ranging and provocative set of observations on the two-way relationship between science-based knowledge and national power, especially power of the military variety, replete with trenchant insights. Tyson and Lang's hopeful concluding message is on-target--that knowledge-based dominance, either in space or on Earth, is not possible in today's interconnected world, and that cooperation in the use of our knowledge is the necessary path to planetary well-being.--John M. Logsdon, professor emeritus, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

Tyson and Lang draw on a vast canvas of historical sources to show convincingly that major advances in science and technology through history have depended on military imperatives. This is a richly argued and always interesting book that reminds us that science and militarism have always had a close relationship.--Asif Siddiqi, author of The Red Rockets' Glare

Throughout history, wars tend to be won by nations that are at the forefront of science. Thus astronomers and physicists have, since ancient times, benefited from an uneasy alliance with the military. This enlightening book explores the history and current implications of this partnership between space science and national security.--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and professor of history, Tulane University

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang have provided a wonderful history of the interplay between scientists and warfare. From telescopes to GPS satellites, astrophysicists have been closely linked to the military. A fascinating read with a worthy message for today.--James Clay Moltz, author of Crowded Orbits, Asia's Space Race, and The Politics of Space Security

This is an indispensable, mind-blowing account about a necessary near-future that is, tragically, not inevitable: that the disciplines of astrophysics and politics unite to forge a new frontier--not through 'Rumsfeldian-Trumpian truculence, ' or by fattening the military while now starving science and the humanities, or by allowing China to continue to lead the U.S. in 'worldwide research and development spending.' These have already killed a supposed American Century. Beautifully combining a clear account of cutting-edge astrophysics and politics with a 3000-year historical perspective, this book deserves not only to be read, but to become a guide for those who hope for a better, survivable, near future.--Walter LaFeber, Tisch Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

Archimedes and Leonardo worked for their Departments of Defense, and when the telescope was invented it was an immediate instrument of war. Why do astrophysicists even have jobs? asks Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now you can see the inside story, from early times to the cold war, the Apollo program, spy satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope, the Iraq war, and perhaps asteroid mining. A wonderful book and a fascinating read, full of amazing stories, all backed up with deep scholarship.--John Mather, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

A sweeping panoramic overview of the enduring alliance between astrophysics and the military--from the Greeks to Galileo to GPS.

Fascinating....Retells the history of space exploration, and of the Cold War, excelling in bringing forth the entangled advances of science and military interests....The book's message rings like a wake-up call.--Marcelo Gleiser

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

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