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

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

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,...

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

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 exoplanets spied by TRAPPIST (there is no mention of these newly discovered worlds in this first edition).I...
  • Beth
    Mar 29, 2017
    Easy to read and understand. A good book for mid graders on up....
  • 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 expertise in astronomy, they sometimes make minor errors or are not clear on some things. Also, they ge...
  • 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 terminology is one that a grade school kid can understand. I believe the authors took great pains t...
  • 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 part, it was; I never quite felt like I was reading the Explain Like I'm Five reddit, but they did try...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Apr 27, 2017
    Brings together quite a few concepts I already knew, so nothing Earth-shattering (hehe). The discussions of how little we actually know and our "chauvinisms" that have blinded us was very interesting -- essentially that for a long time we've been looking for things like ourselves and our planet, but...
  • 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 make you feel that you're going beyond the surface level. (The authors could have easily written a boo...
  • 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 that. What I found most interesting was the discussion of the demotion of Pluto. Clearly, in their opin...
  • 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 exoplanets that Kepler space telescope has detected over the years e.g. 55 Cancri E, Kepler 186f etc....
  • Erik
    May 17, 2017
    A fun, brief overview of current scientific understandings of what kinds of worlds and life might exist out there. ...