Mike Brown is the man who killed Pluto. He is the planet killer in 2005 who started the debate that Pluto is not a planet. His discovery of a tenth planet made him notoriously hated by Pluto planet lovers. Astronomy has not had an uproar since Copernicus was fingered out for his believes. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown is an amusing look into his work.
Filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is Mike Brown’s engaging first-person account of the most tumultuous year in modern astronomy—which he inadvertently caused. As it guides readers through important scientific concepts and inspires us to think more deeply about our place in the cosmos, it is also an entertaining and enlightening personal story: While Brown sought to expand our understanding of the vast nature of space, his own life was changed in the most immediate, human ways by love, birth, and death. A heartfelt and personal perspective on the demotion of everyone’s favorite farflung planet, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever dreamed of exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?