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

Tyson, Neil deGrasse (author.). Lang, Avis, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 0393064441
  • ISBN: 9780393064445
  • Physical Description: xiv, 576 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-549) and index.
Situational awareness -- A time to kill -- Star power -- Sea power -- Arming the eye -- The ultimate high ground -- Unseen, undetected, unspoken -- Detection stories -- Making war, seeking peace -- Space power -- A time to heal.
Summary, etc.: "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.""--Dust jacket.
Subject: SCIENCE / Space Science
SCIENCE / Physics / Astrophysics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy
Astrophysics Miscellanea
Military art and science Technological innovations History
Astronautics, Military History
Genre: Nonfiction.
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