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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

  • 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...

  • Beth
    Mar 29, 2017

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

  • Scarlett Barnhill
    Jun 01, 2017

    I am filled with genuine feelings about outer space and planets. There is so much I never considered about the universe and I am delighted that I decided to pick up this book. Definite recommendation!...

  • Erik
    May 17, 2017

    A fun, brief overview of current scientific understandings of what kinds of worlds and life might exist out there. ...

  • Chris Jaffe
    Jun 03, 2017

    This is a generally fascinating book about what we know about planets beyond our solar system and the chances for life there. Now that we can look into other solar systems, we can find an array of pla...

  • Avik Saha
    May 12, 2017

    The book is a good introduction to the world of exoplanets for the general reader. The authors briefly touches on history of exoplanet search, detection mechanisms, and give us a tour of some of the e...

  • Dan
    May 08, 2017

    As a reader not well versed in astronomy, I found Michael Summers and James Trefil's book to be quite a fascinating read - balancing a line between being informative, accessible and wonky enough to ma...

  • Chloe
    Jun 08, 2017

    A pretty good audiobook to listen to if you are interested in astronomy and space, like me, but you are not hardcore about the details of science. I just want the theories explained in layman's terms,...

  • Joyce
    May 09, 2017

    I'm always looking for science for the layman, and this generally works, although occasionally it was a bit esoteric for me. Clearly they tried to make it work for non-scientists, and I do applaud tha...

  • Kristy
    Jun 24, 2017

    I really wanted this to better than it was. It was less science and more opinion....