How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown?s find ignited a firestorm of controversy The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer e...

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Title:How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Author:Mike Brown
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0385531087
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:267 pages pages

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming Reviews

  • Tiffany
    Sep 26, 2010
    As of page 119, it's a decent book. It's interesting as far as the astronomy/science/how-a-discovery-is-made perspective, but the book is titled *How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming*, and we didn't even really discuss Pluto (other than its history) until page 84. And then, just...
  • David
    Feb 27, 2011
    Very few books about science convey the excitement of discovery, the hard work, the drama and intrigue, and the thought processes that go on, inside the mind of a scientist. This fabulous book does a wonderful job with all this! Unlike many other popular science books that try too hard...
  • Jamie
    Mar 16, 2018
    Only read if you want to know about Mike Brown?s daughter?s very early life. Like, a lot about her very early life. Also his wife is glamorous, and provides a nice foil to an obsessive planet hunter. And then there were those Spanish astronomers who...oh boy, don?t get Mike Brown...
  • Dov Zeller
    Mar 16, 2011
    This is a great little book about the reclassification of Pluto to dwarf planet (and as Brown says late in the book, a dwarf planet is no more a planet than a stuffed dog is a dog or a chocolate bunny is a bunny) and the events leading up to it. It's an interesting and educational tale...
  • David
    Jan 03, 2012
    "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet." Perhaps some of us remember the group with that title on Facebook a few years ago. It was one of many reactions, and one of the more lighthearted, to the news that Pluto had been demoted. From now on the solar system had eight planets. Mike...
  • Jim
    Mar 03, 2017
    It's been a while since this controversy flared up & finally fell off my radar. Like so many, I read a bit on it while it was happening, decided everyone was too goofy to have their facts straight, & so I tried to ignore it until it all shook out. One of my GR friends recently ...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Jun 30, 2012
    Even if Pluto is was your favorite planet (after all, it was named after a cartoon dog!) you will be charmed by this account of a scientists' life and work. From this writing Mike Brown obviously has communication skills which I'm sure makes him a popular instructor and lecturer at Ca...
  • Cathy
    Jan 19, 2011
    Mike Brown loves the universe. He is also obsessive, modest to a fault, smart and has a wickedly dry sense of humor. This book grabbed me by my imagination and my heart and mind followed. Brown wove his personal story with the astronomical story giving it more resonance. What I really ...
  • Laurele
    Jan 06, 2012
    There are several misconceptions here: First, our solar system does NOT have only eight planets. Second, Mike Brown did not ?kill? Pluto, and use of this word is extremely misleading and more about Brown?s ego, which he for some reason has centered around calling himself the ?p...
  • Stephen
    May 30, 2011
    Poor Pluto? ?singled out and ridiculed for his diminutive size, kicked out of the Planet Union, and left, weepy and alone, to wander the cold, outer fringes of the solar system with all the other heavenly misfits and riffraff. And who, you ask, was responsible for this astrono...
  • Manny
    May 31, 2019
    Q: Do you know what a Kuiper belt object is? A: (view spoiler)[Well I guess I Oort to. (hide spoiler)] ...
  • Andrea
    Apr 20, 2012
    You might have convinced me, Mike, but when I'm old and wrinkly I will still shake my withered finger at kids and croak:"Back in my day we had nine planets, and we liked it!" ...
  • Karsyn
    Oct 30, 2018
    I'm not a fan of non-fiction. I've read over 3000 books in my life, I'm approaching 3000 that I've reviewed here, and I'd say the amount of non-fiction I've read has been under 20, no more than 30 and I think that's too high. I just don't read it, as I just hadn't found many things tha...
  • Marvin
    Dec 07, 2010
    This is perhaps the most entertaining book on astronomy I've ever read. I hesitate to even call it a science book. While there is lots of information on our solar system that I didn't even know, this is more of a personal journey for the author, chronicling his victories and his frustr...
  • Marta
    Mar 05, 2017
    I absolutely loved this easy-breezy memoir about the hunt and discovery of new planets that led to a new understanding of our solar system. Mike Brown and his team discovered five of the largest non-planet objects in our solar system - at the same time when his daughter was born. He wa...
  • Traci
    Nov 06, 2012
    I actually really enjoyed this book. I didn?t expect to like it as much as I did, given that I liked the solar system the way it was, thank you very much, and because Pluto is my zodiac sign?s ruling planet (Scorpio, if you were curious, and yes everything you?ve heard is true), ...
  • Maria
    Dec 07, 2010
    I expected this book to be interesting, given that the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet a few years ago was a very emotional moment for scientists and laymen alike. This book surpassed my expectations. It it such a great read that for the first time ever, I felt compelled to write a...
  • Louise
    Jan 13, 2011
    When I was in first or second grade, one of my homework assignments was to write about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Since the my previous goal of being a police-person was shot down and laughed at, I had already been thinking on this subject for a lengthy (for a first grader) am...
  • Chris Aylott
    Jan 24, 2011
    When I picked his up, I was worried it would be a retread of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's excellent The Pluto Files. It's not. Pluto is just the hook for Brown's memoir of what it's like to be a modern-day astronomer, looking for big things in a solar system that seems (at first) to be mostly...
  • Bruce Judisch
    Dec 19, 2010
    It shocked me to realize just over halfway through "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming" that such a book would orbit the top of my short list of all-time favorites. But it did?and it landed closer to the periapsis than the apoapsis. Why? I?m not a scientist; indeed, my ...
  • Nataliya
    Jan 24, 2015
    I think in pictures - like I assume most of us do. My mental picture for the solar system has not changed in perhaps a quarter of a century, ever since I got my little grubby hands on the insanely popular 1987 Soviet world atlas for children, The World and Humanity. In this mental ...
  • Alan
    Sep 23, 2010
    Over the period of several years Mike Brown, an astronomer at CalTech, discovered large objects in the Kupier Belt (the asteroid belt outside of the orbit of Neptune) that led astronomers to consider the question, "What is a planet?" and "What does this mean for Pluto?". It took years,...
  • Mike Puma
    Nov 15, 2010
    I, someone who never wins anything, just won a copy of this book. How cool is that? Look forward to reading it and real review to follow. whoohoo! ...
  • Chrissy
    Dec 04, 2010
    Okay, let's start with the disclosures first and get that out of the way. I was sent this book, so I didn't buy it, and I didn't pay for it. Okay? Got it? Good. Now, moving on. Disclosure number two: I'm not a science buff... or an astronomy buff. I can probably point to the Dippers...
  • Allison Arthur
    Jan 13, 2011
    Any scientist can write about his great discovery. Mike Brown writes about his in a way that makes you want to actually read about it. Instead of going on and on about his findings in scientific terms, he explains astronomy in a way that most middle school students could understand. ...
  • Arthur Ryan
    Jan 11, 2011
    If you'd be interested in the love story of a man for his daughter as he watches her progress through the first days of her life, read this. If you're interested in how the contemporary science of astronomy works i, read this. If you'd be interested in a detective story about a team of...
  • Rohan
    May 07, 2013
    If you are a science lover, you will definitely enjoy this book. This book, as the title suggests, discusses about a very specific topic about discovering new planets and hence should not be considered as an introductory book on the topic of Astronomy. This book also provides a great i...
  • Gillian Brownlee
    Oct 07, 2019
    As someone who really likes astronomy but knows very little about it, I really enjoyed this! I was one of the many people out mourning the ?death of Pluto? whenever the announcement of 8 planets was made. But this book really did help explain why that decision was made. And I learn...
  • Powder River Rose
    Feb 26, 2017
    Excellent subject that is superbly written and narrated. Intelligent yet light, easy to understand and quite funny. I?d say it?s perfect for all ages especially anyone interested in Pluto. I was hooked from beginning to end and then looked to see if Mike Brown was offering any onli...
  • Katie Nelson
    Oct 14, 2017
    I?m incredibly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Honestly, the only reason I read it is because my son recommended it to me. He assured me I would like it and he was right! Not only was it fascinating from a scientific point of view, but it was also a very interesting read. ...