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Accessory to war : the unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson; Avis Lang; Courtney B Vance
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio ; [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2018]
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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  Read more...
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Tyson, Neil deGrasse.
Accessory to war.
New York : Random House Audio ; [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2018]
(OCoLC)1040695721
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Neil deGrasse Tyson; Avis Lang; Courtney B Vance
ISBN: 9781984833990 1984833995 9781984834010 1984834010
OCLC Number: 1052465184
Performer(s): Read by Courtney B. Vance.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (18 hr., 46 min., 2 sec.)) : digital.
Responsibility: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang.

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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.

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