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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Mike Brown

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 that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of "dwarf" planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters-all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown's engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy-which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone's favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe-and who among us hasn't? From the Hardcover edition.

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 that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of "dwarf" planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters-all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown's engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy-which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone's favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe-and who among us hasn't? From the Hardcover edition.
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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 that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye. The debate culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of "dwarf" planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters-all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown's engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy-which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone's favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe-and who among us hasn't? From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ryan Gesell

Length:

7h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:17


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:29