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

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Accessory to war : the unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military
2018
Place Published: 
New York
Publisher: 
W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 
9780393064445
Edition: 
First edition
Description: 
xiv, 576 pages ; 25 cm
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-549) and index.
"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.
Author: 
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang
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