NEW YORK (AP) – Neil de Grasse Tyson has a new publisher and big ambitions for his next book.
Henry Holt and company announced Thursday that the acclaimed commentator and best-selling author will release Star Gazette: A Cosmic Perspective for Civilization next fall. The astrophysicist says the Star Messenger, a call to science, research and rational thought as the path to a better life on Earth, may be his “most important.”
“As a scientist, I could not sit back and watch the irrationality of the world destroy civilization, knowing that a dose of sensitivity – the 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 Hayden’s New York Planetarium, include Welcome to the Universe and Astrophysics for People in Hurry. The upcoming book marks the first time that Tyson, who has co-produced books with WW Norton and Company and Princeton University Press, among others, has worked with Holt. Next fall, Norton will release an updated paperback edition of 2004’s Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, which Tyson co-authored with Donald Goldsmith.