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The New Worlds: Extrasolar Planets

Popular Science

Series: Springer Praxis Books: Popular Astronomy

By: Fabienne Casoli

200 pages, 215 illus., 180 in colour

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Apr 2007 | #165837 | ISBN-13: 9780387449067
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About this book

Offering an engaging and complete story of the hunt for new worlds, this volume fully details the detection and exploration of extrasolar planets. It examines the very wide range of extrasolar planets that have been discovered during the past ten years and looks at what can be learned about such planets by studying the bodies in our own solar system. It also discusses the formation of planetary systems, the way in which such systems may evolve and the final systems of planets that result. In addition, the authors demonstrate how life might evolve on an extrasolar planet and how such life might be detected.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Die beiden Autorinnen ! kommen mit ihrem Buch dem breiten Interesse am Thema sehr entgegen. ! Der Text ist sehr flussig geschrieben und die Sprache wissenschaftlich exakt, ohne unverstandlich zu werden, notfalls kann ein Glossar am Ende des Buches beim Verstandnis helfen. In der ausseren Gestaltung macht das Buch einen sehr guten Eindruck. Unter den zahlreichen Abbildungen finden sich naturgemass viele Graphiken, doch auch diese sind angemessen farbig gestaltet. ! Insgesamt kann ich dieses ansprechende Buch dem interessierten Leser durchaus empfehlen!" (WERNER PFAU, in: Sterne und Weltraum, 2007, Issue 8, S. 106)


Contents

Preface.- Extrasolar Planets: The Quest of Astronomers.- The Quest for Exoplanets.- Ten Years of Discoveries.- What we learn from our Solar System.- The Formation of Planetary Systems.- Life in the Universe.- Future Projects.- Appendices.

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