Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicist In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicis...

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Title:Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
Author:Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Genres:Science
ISBN:Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military Reviews

  • Nisha D
    Jun 30, 2019
    I generally enjoy Neil Degrasse Tyson, but this audiobook was long winded and boring. I only made it about 20% of the way through before I lost interest and gave up. ...
  • Anna
    Oct 21, 2018
    I found this book fascinating! I especially liked the parts towards the beginning that went into the evolution of certain game-changing technologies (such as telescopes). If you have any interest in the history of technology and science, or in the politics of space, you should defin...
  • Shiloah
    May 09, 2019
    This book is jam packed with so much great information and history. I read this with my husband (audio). We often would feel a bit mind-blown after listening sessions. I feel this book brought me to a new awareness on astronomy and the history of it and how it related to war. All that ...
  • Jennifer
    Sep 12, 2018
    "Many significant advances in our understanding of the cosmos are by-products of government investment in the apparatus of warfare, and many innovative instruments of destruction are by-products of advances in astrophysics." Neil deGrasse Tyson expands on this statement by leaps an...
  • Tomislav
    Jul 28, 2019
    That science and technology are often advanced by military and political needs seems obvious. So much so, that the words ?unspoken alliance? in the subtitle seem sensationalistic and disingenuous. Indeed, there are a lot of things that are of dual applicability. For example, explos...
  • Ben Vogel
    Oct 16, 2018
    More promising in the title than the content delivered. I heard Dr. Tyson talking about his book on Joe Rogan's podcast and decided to read the book. Unfortunately NdGT was more entertaining and informative in those 2 hours of interview than in this book, which focused more on geopolit...
  • AndrewP
    May 12, 2019
    According to the authors notes, this book was a work in progress for more than 10 years. From the content, it's obvious that a great real of research was put into this book. Of the 500+ pages, more than 150 of them are references, footnotes and authors notes. From that it's clear that ...
  • Babbs
    Sep 30, 2018
    A detailed account of the impact of specific sciences on military advancement and the resulting outcomes. Heavy on the military angle--for those who think this is going to be another popular physics book. This is not a deep dive into the theory of various physics and engineering discip...
  • Alden
    Nov 16, 2018
    I mean, it was fun reading, and I?m quite sure I learned a lot. But, science and ?warfighting? (apparently, this is a word now) feed off each other? Not exactly a revelation. The best thing about this book was imagining Neil?s voice, sharing it in 5-minute chunks on ?Startalk...
  • Dan Graser
    Oct 27, 2018
    While many will already be familiar with the ties between biology, chemistry, and particle physics and their regrettable uses in military hardware, less explored has been the tie between astronomers/astrophysics and their history with governmental agencies and the military industrial c...
  • Carl
    Jul 03, 2019
    A lot of history I had already read from previous books so if you are not familiar with the inventions and how telescopes and other astronomy and physics progressed through history than it would be of more interest. A little slow going for me but a good lesson in history. ...
  • Bria
    Sep 21, 2018
    After wading through the pages of medieval history, old rudimentary inventions like longitude, and the CNN opinion-like pages of anger at the American military, you got like five pages on the actual weapons of space and some information about a space war. The advertising and naming ...
  • Ollie
    Nov 01, 2018
    I know I?m not the only one who holds Neil DeGrasse Tyson in high regard. Even though he?s the most visible proponent for science these days (move over Dawkins and Nye), the man has been met with criticism. Most of them stem from people who, honestly, don?t like their bubble bein...
  • Roger Smitter
    Sep 19, 2018
    This book needs to be read by every congressperson and their advisors as well as every college faculty member. At the same time, every college/university physicist should read explain this book to every social science and humanities faculty member. deGrasse Tyson challenges us ? ...
  • Cathy Hodge
    Sep 16, 2018
    Wow, text-book level amount of history about scientific innovations and military advancements. Space, data, and the new "High-ground." I liked how this book had global information and did NOT just focus on American history and American scientific research. It was a bit like learning ho...
  • Amanda Van Parys
    Oct 11, 2018
    I enjoyed this book and I'm still confused as to why the title is "The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military" when it was more like "Space and the Military." Overall, I can see the relationship, but specifically, I mostly didn't see the relationship because it felt li...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Sep 18, 2018
    Armies and Navies and militaries, in general, have depended on science for most of history. Astronomy is no exception. The symbiosis between Astronomy comes in the form of navigation technologies and sensing and detection. Be it navigating by the stars, using a telescope to survey a la...
  • Jordan Kramer
    Oct 19, 2018
    This was a tough book to get through. It has too many acronyms and too much jargon; however, despite at times reading like dissertation, it contains some gems such as ?Scientists? urge to collaborate transcends religion, culture, and politics, because in space there is no religion,...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Jul 23, 2018
    An alternate (and, arguably, better) title for this could be THE HISTORY OF ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN LESS OF A HURRY, and it's just as fascinating and richly observed as Mr. Degrasse Tyson's slimmer volume from last year. Unfortunately, there's also a very long section in the middle ...
  • Angie
    Sep 11, 2018
    This is fantastic look at the history of astrophysics and its intersection with warming, much more thorough and well-sourced than most of Dr. Tyson's writing. It's aimed at an audience that wants to get into the weeds, so not those in a hurry. The first few chapters were interesting...
  • Lupine Smile
    Oct 19, 2018
    Some interesting parts but far too long winded and not enough science for my taste. The book could not decide if it was a work on science or the philosophical reasoning for war. Never really found its footing. ...
  • Mark Lawry
    Oct 24, 2018
    I'm a huge admirer of Tyson so I really hate to report that this book is all over the place. Perhaps a better title would be What Scientists and Others Have Done to End War. He could have even added a few 100 pages on how scientific discoveries found in developing weapons have been con...
  • Laura Noggle
    Apr 20, 2019
    Dry, nerdy, and straight up my alley. Not written for those with only a casual interest, this book reads like an academic dissertation ... with classic Neil deGrasse Tyson elan. Compared to the fluffy, broad strokes of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Accessory to War is chock ...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jan 18, 2019
    Very informative. Somewhat entertaining. ...
  • Russ Szelag
    Oct 04, 2018
    I was very disappointed with this. It reads like a term paper. I doubt that Tyson wrote much of this. The authors fill numerous pages with mundane information, such as how spyglasses were useful in the 18th and 19th centuries. ...
  • Ronnie
    Oct 24, 2018
    Good history of the topic Astrophysics and war. That's all there is to say; one feeds the other and vice versa. I was convinced after the first chapter. ...
  • John Munro
    Sep 16, 2018
    Needs to be organized a bit better. Too much chronological jumping around. Otherwise an interesting read. ...
  • Jon Stone
    Jul 19, 2018
    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. For anyone interested in the linkage between the missions of science and warfighting, this book is for you. I feel like I can tell the pages written by Dr. Tyson, and those written by Avis Lang. T...
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
    Dec 14, 2018
    The dawn of the emergence (the United States Space Force and similar programs of other states) of the scientific military astrophysical complex of the space industry. Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. ...
  • Lance Johnson
    Nov 17, 2018
    I was incredibly disappointed by this book, and while some parts of it could be called ?decent? it was not what it was advertised to be. I picked this book up primarily due to it having Neil deGrasse Tyson?s name on the cover, having enjoyed most of his other books previously, bu...