Diamonds Worlds, Super-Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

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Random House, Inc.
The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.

Baker & Taylor
Provides a brief history of exoplanet research, discusses the latest discoveries about these planets beyond the solar system, and speculates on the future of the field.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, c2017
ISBN: 9781588345943
Branch Call Number: 523.24 SUM
Characteristics: 218 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Trefil, James 1938-


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Oct 05, 2017

By taking an extremely imaginative approach to the science of all kinds of solid bodies both inside and outside of the solar system the authors succeed in raising some interesting questions about possible locations for and development of life. Not as totally weird as the opening chapter may suggest, the book improves as you get further into it.

Jul 19, 2017

The authors do a good job of navigating between glibly sailing past the complexities of science and burying the reader in them. They can't answer the question of when we might be invaded by aliens, but this is way more fun the 9th grade Earth Science.

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