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, its 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 technologywhich is more or less the same technology for both partiesnobody can get to it, operate in it, scrut...
|Title||:||Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military|
|Number of Pages||:||576 pages|
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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military Reviews
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, culture, or politics— only the receding boundary of our ignorance and the advancing frontier of our cosmic discovery.”
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 like astrophysics itself was barely explained. However, I am not an astrophysicist and possess a bare minimum of scientific knowledge and in all honesty I'm operating at about 3% of the brain capacity of Neil deGrass ...more
Very detailed discussion---more than one ever wanted to know. I prefer Dr. Tyson when he's more to the point. This book was like reading a dissertation.....
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.
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.
Well, that was depressing. I'm going to have a book hangover from this one for days. But this is an important book that you should consider reading/listening to.
In this book, Tyson explores the history of the relationship between astrophysics and military might, as well as its current relationship. There has been a relationship between astrophysics and military use of that knowledge since recorded time began. In our country's astrophysics history, you would have to look hard to find an instance ...more
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, but also due to my interest in the book’s topic. The book mostly lacked Tyson’s typical optimistic wonder nor did it stick to the topic on the cover. I got the feeling that this book never quite figured out what it wanted ...more
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 that feels like an exhaustive attempt to find every UN declaration ever made about the use of outer space, and it really bogs down what has, up until that point, been a rollicking adventure through the ages. It's a ...more