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 one bad book. I actually hate to say that. I’ve seen Neil deGrasse Tyson so many times on television and found him so entertaining. He is the reason I even picked up this book. I saw him on Bill Maher as well as the Late Show with Stephen Colbert plugging this book. He described it as a weighty book from which we could learn the interconnection for good between science and military advancements. It sounded interesting.
I have no idea what book Tyson was talking about, but it was not thi ...more
it was a good book
"Space exploration may pull in the talent, but war pays the bills." -Neil deGrasse Tyson
Tyson surveys the history of various inventions (e.g. telescope, missile, compass, GPS, etc.) and pens the story of how the military influenced the advent of them. The history is interesting. He opens the book with an anecdote about his personal career in which he found out some of his work would be used towards a military purpose wanting to quit the post, however upon historical reflection, he realized this ...more
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 how sausage is made...… not pleasant to see the political machine at work... but necessary to get the research off the ground. What will be next on the great frontier?
All the history that relates to how the military inspired, helped, funded, and used astrophysicists is incredible. So much of the technology we use and the military uses is inspired and lots of the times financed by the army of a country. This book is full of historical facts of when astrophysics and the military have worked together to create new weapons or technology to give them an advantage over their enemy. I would have loved to have history classes in school like the history this book ment ...more
Tyson is hard to read sometimes. He is sometimes very succinct, other times he's very drawn out. I glazed over a few times and had to re-read parts because I lost his point now and then.
TL:DR Humans sure like to kill humans. There is a silver lining, technology that adds to quality of life and longevity.
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. That may sound negative, but it’s not. I think the humor and perspective of Dr. Tyson comes through more with the contrast. Anyone interested in the early days of space (both military and civil) should give this a r ...more