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Exoplanets : Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System
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Exoplanets : Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System

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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 of our solar system. More and 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 the unbelievable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made out of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest, greatest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in the questions we ask and the mental paradigms we use. 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 can even begin to imagine.

Title:Exoplanets : Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1588345947
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages
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    Exoplanets : Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System Reviews

  • Beth
    Mar 29, 2017

    Easy to read and understand. A good book for mid graders on up....

  • Ra7thsign
    Mar 21, 2017

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It had some great ideas and a few great chapters, but everything kind of felt forced together and rushed, probably to capitalize on the recent earth-like exoplan...

  • Mike Maurer
    Apr 06, 2017

    This is a great introduction to the topic of Exoplanets, their formation and composition. The authors gently guide the reader through pre-Kepler Exoplanet searches and those of the Kepler mission. The...

  • Eleanore M.
    Apr 25, 2017

    A true, honest rating would be 3.5 stars, but I really enjoy space, so I enjoyed this book. The authors do their best to ensure that this book is a comfortable read for the layman, and for the most pa...

  • Edward Fenner
    Apr 09, 2017

    A good, but not great, introduction into the topic. Written for laypersons, it sometimes strays into academic language. Fine if you can handle it. Not so much if you cannot. While the authors have exp...

  • Benjamin
    Apr 05, 2017

    Great, quick read to catch up on the Kepler project, which as I've said before, changed everything. Also it has color pictures, so what's not to like?...

  • Bill Zarges
    Apr 11, 2017

    i haven't seen the word "paradigm" used as often as these authors used it in the first 3 chapters since graduate business school. Of course the authors are scientists so perhaps the fault lies with th...