NEW YORK (AP) – Neil deGrasse Tyson has a new publisher and high ambitions for his next book.
Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that the famous commentator and bestselling author will release “Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization” next fall. The astrophysicist says that “Starry Messenger”, a call for science, exploration and rational thinking as paths to a better life on Earth, may be his “most important”.
“As a scientist, I could not sit passively and watch the world’s irrationalities break down civilization, knowing that a dose of sensibility – a cosmic perspective in our collective thinking can save us from ourselves,” he said in a statement.
Previous books by Tyson, host of the National Geographic series “StarTalk” and director of the New York Hayden Planetarium, include “Welcome to the Universe” and “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” The forthcoming book marks the first time that Tyson, who has published books with, among others, WW Norton and Company and Princeton University Press, has worked with Holt. Next fall, Norton will release an updated paperback edition of the 2004 publication “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution,” co-authored by Tyson with Donald Goldsmith.