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

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

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

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 astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432863814
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 05/08/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 869
Sales rank: 657,467
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Avis Lang is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. For half a decade, she edited Tyson’s Natural History magazine column, Universe, parts of which became the basis for his Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, and later edited his anthology Space Chronicles. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Situational Awareness

1 A Time to Kill 3

2 Star Power 38

3 Sea Power 64

4 Arming the Eye 100

The Ultimate High Ground

5 Unseen, Undetected, Unspoken 165

6 Detection Stories 209

7 Making War, Seeking Peace 234

8 Space Power 317

9 A Time to Heal 381

Acknowledgments 405

Notes 409

Selected Sources 535

Index 551

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