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Destiny or Chance: Our Solar System and its Place in the Cosmos

By: Stuart Ross Taylor

248 pages, 25 b/w photos, 15 line illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2000 | #172603 | ISBN: 0521785219
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #106240 | ISBN: 0521481783
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Tells the remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence, providing a fast-paced and expert tour of our new understanding of the Earth, its planetary neighbours and other planetary systems.

'This book would make excellent background reading for astronomy students at both Bachelor and Masters level and gives enough pointers for them to be able to find more quantitative accounts as and when necessary. It is also an excellent read for the interested lay person ! I enjoyed reading it very much and I fully recommend it to other readers who wish to have an authoritative but understandable overview of our solar system.' Iwan Williams, Astronomy and Geophysics 'This book provides a fast-paced and expert tour through the new revolutions sweeping the study of Earth, its planetary neighbours, and other planetary systems. The author's viewpoint of our planetary system's uniqueness is essential reading for those who seek to understand our place in the universe.' Jonathan I. Lunine, University of Arizona ' ! [contains a] wealth of factual information on the solar system ! supplied with the solid authority of a lifetime's experience in planetological research, backed by impressive international plausits.' Edwin Budding, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand ' ! an accessible, readable format, he includes many historical titbits and a multitude of marvellous facts and figures.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is a book that should be read by anyone who wants to be a scientist, is a scientist, or is interested in science.' Simon Conway Morris, Geological Magazine '! I found this a very readable book' Linda Fowler, The Open University Geological Society 'A very easily read volume and a useful reference - a good buy!' Peter D. Mata, Spaceflight 'This is just a wonderful book ! this is not just another descriptive book about the solar system, but a book that explores the implications of that description ! The book can be profitably read, I would think, by anyone from motivated high school students to professional scientists. It can most profitably be read by those who don't already understand the historical sciences.' Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin 'This is just a wonderful book ! This is not just another descriptive book about the solar system, but a book that explores he implications of that description ! Ross Taylor ! is a fine writer - the essay-style prose runs easily, the accompanying images play their part, and the text is interwoven with fine interesting asides, especially historical ones (not too many planetary texts caan fluently bring in notes about Haydn).' Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin


1. Setting the stage; 2. The giants; 3. Escapees and survivors; 4. The twins; 5. Two special cases; 6. Causes and effects; Appendix.

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