A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2010
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Blackwell UK
Our fascination with other worlds never stops. Going deep into space David A. Rothery looks at the planetary bodies that make up our Solar System, and those around other stars. From the gas giants and terrestrial planets to moons, asteroids, and Trans-Neptunian objects, he considers how our knowledge has advanced over the centuries and grown explosively in recent years.

Exploring what we mean by a planet and the conditions needed to make a planet habitable, Rothery captures the excitement, uncertainties, and challenges of planetary science.

`a thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small-format... stylish design... perfect to pop into your pocket for spare moments' Lisa Jardine, The Times

`A very good idea, these Very Short Introductions, a new concept from OUP' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

Oxford University Press
From the rings of Saturn to the "canals" of Mars and the Great Red Dot of Jupiter, the planets of our Solar System have long fascinated humanity. Featuring many striking photos, this Very Short Introduction offers a fascinating portrait of the unique world of each planet as well as an illuminating discussion of moons, asteroids, and Trans-Neptunian objects. Leading planetary scientist David A. Rothery, who has chaired the European Space Agency's Mercury surface and composition working group since 2007, gives a stimulating overview of the origin, nature, and evolution of our Solar System, including the controversial issues of what qualifies as a planet, and what conditions are required for a planetary body to support life. He explains how the surfaces of planets and moons have been sculpted by geology, weather, and impacts by meteors and asteroids. Rothery shows how our knowledge has advanced over the centuries, and how it has expanded at a dramatic rate in recent years, going far beyond our Solar System to explore planets orbiting distant stars.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780199573509
Branch Call Number: 523.4 ROT
Characteristics: xii, 135 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.


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