Pluto murderer, that should be Mike Brown’s legacy. Killer is too light and indicates a unplanned activity but he really is a murderer and really I am kidding..:-).
I picked up the book honestly because of the title and i knew about this whole 8/9 planet controversy from 2005/6. Also I had an interest in astronomy from many years ago when a friend and I would drive out of town ( to get away from the city lights) with our telescopes and gaze into the night. I had my doubts about the book though coming from an astronomer. I thought that it would be dull and boring and boy was I surprised . The book is extremely engaging and there is never a dull moment between the joy of parenthood , planets and plagiarism.
I won’t give the book away but will talk a bit about plagiarism.
Cal tech where Mike Brown is from has its fair share of controversies. Just as an astronomer tried to scoop Mike’s discovery there are some questions about who deserves the 1969 Nobel prize for physics. The person who did not get the award that year or any year was George Zweig inventor of quarks/ aces. It must be a heady feeling when your advisor is Richard Feynman and later he tried to nominate George for the award but nothing happened, one of the primary driver for George leaving academia. I knew George well and knew him as an unassuming down to earth man with an amazing mind. To learn more check these links