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

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“Extraordinary.… A feast of history, an expert tour through thousands of years of war and conquest.” —Jennifer Carson, New York Times Book Review

In this far-reaching foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-author Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. 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.

ISBN-13: 9780393357462

Media Type: Paperback(Reprint)

Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc.

Publication Date: 09-03-2019

Pages: 592

Product Dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History 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 203

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