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Starry messenger : cosmic perspectives on civilization / Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 901 TYS (Text) 33500013675376 New Checked out 10/15/2022
Fertile Public Library 901 TYS (Text) 33500013675368 New Checked out 10/13/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250861504
  • ISBN: 1250861500
  • ISBN: 9781250880949
  • ISBN: 1250880947
  • Physical Description: xiv, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-256) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Overture: Science and society -- Truth & beauty : aesthetics in life and in the cosmos -- Exploration & discovery : the value of both when shaping civilization -- Earth & moon : cosmic perspectives -- Conflict & resolution : tribal forces within us all -- Risk & reward : calculations we make daily with our own lives and the lives of other -- Meatarians & vegetarians : we are not entirely what we eat -- Gender & identity : people are more the same than different -- Color & race : once again, people are more the same than different -- Law & order : the foundation of civilization, whether we like it or not -- Coda: Life & death.
Summary, etc.:
"Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time--war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race--in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us all"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    Astrophysicist Tyson unabashedly wades into the political and cultural fray, using a "cosmic perspective" to weigh in on some of the topics that consume the majority of Americans today. Compared to the impartiality of his previous works, including Cosmic Queries (2021), emotions run high here as he tackles hot-button topics concerning gender identity, racial inequality, abortion, personal versus objective truths, and political beliefs. The tone and approach feel like an updated version of Freakonomics (2005) with the pointed and thought-provoking stance of a Dan Ariely book, but with more scientific undertones, a sprinkling of religious references, and a dash of sass. Tyson acknowledges that faith may intersect with science if one is religious, and that's okay. Readers can expect his usual eye-opening comparisons of how things work using statistics, trivia, and history to bring meaning to everyday experiences. But Tyson is also offering a wake-up call as he provides an alternate, macro-level view with the hope that while society is agitating and polarizing, the reality of nature and the cosmos will keep us grounded and focused. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Science and civilization.
Civilization > Philosophy.
Civilization > Philosophy.
Science and civilization.

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