The Case for Pluto

How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference

By Alan Boyle, Qc
(Wiley (TP), Hardcover, 9780470505441, 258pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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In support of Pluto-the cutest and most unfairly treated planet

Pity poor Pluto: It's a planet that was discovered because of a mistake, a planet that turned out not to be a planet at all, thanks to a still-disputed decision made in 2006. And yet, Pluto is the planet best-loved by Americans, especially children, one that may have contained the building blocks of life billions of years ago and may well serve as life's last redoubt billions of years from now.

In "The Case for Pluto," award-winning science writer Alan Boyle traces the tiny planet's ups and downs, its strange appeal, the reasons behind its demotion, and the reasons why it should be set back in the planetary pantheon.Tells the compelling story of Pluto's discovery and how it became a cultural iconMakes the case for Pluto as planet, countering the books that argue against itComes in a small, friendly package -- just like Pluto -- and features a handsome design, making it a great gift

"The Case for Pluto" is the must-read tale of a cosmic underdog that has captured the hearts of millions: an endearing little planet that is changing the way we see the universe beyond our backyard.

Alan Boyle is's science editor and the award-winning blogger behind Cosmic Log. He's been a talking head on NBC's "The Today Show" and the MSNBC cable channel, holding forth on scientific subjects ranging from the chances of an asteroid Armageddon to the 3-D wizardry behind the "Harry Potter" movies. But he writes better than he talks.

About the Author
Hector MacQueen is Professor of Private Law and Deputy Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.
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