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

Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang.
Item #: D00585
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 576 / 2018
Publisher: Norton.
ISBN: 9780393064445
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The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds, posit Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it's a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other." Astrophysicists and military planners unavoidably overlap, because they care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, and access to space. Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, this revisionist history takes a fresh look at the space race and the Cold War, and examines how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war—and how turbulent times inspire our innovations in a way that peace and quiet may not.


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