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Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems

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By: Ken Croswell(Author)

336 pages, 8pp b/w plates, line illus, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Mar 1999 | #86376 | ISBN: 0192880837
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Hardback | Nov 1997 | #83720 | ISBN: 0198501986
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Is the universe winding down into lifeless disorder, or are complex structures spontaneously creating themselves? In raising this fundamental question, Ken Croswell weaves an inspiring and truly epic story of profound adventure.

"Excellent – I find it hard to see how anyone could have done a better job in bringing this exciting field to the general reader"
New Scientist

"A thrilling account – stands out for its human interest and its accuracy [...] The book is riveting."


1. A good planet is hard to find; 2. A living solar system; 3. The Sun's distant outpost; 4. Planet X; 5. A shaky start; 6. Vega: Reflections of starlight; 7. Brown dwarfs; 8. Impossible planets; 9. Thanks, Jupiter; 10. 51 Pegasi; 11. New worlds, new searches; 12. Into the Cosmos

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