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

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


Ra7thsign rated it ★★★☆☆

March 22, 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...

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

July 14, 2017

Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets and the New Search for Life beyond our Solar System, by Michael Summers and James Trefil, is a look at the expanding science of exoplanet research. The authors look at a variety of planets that are posited to exist in our galaxy, and furthe...

Beth rated it ★★★★★

March 29, 2017

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

Scarlett rated it ★★★★★

June 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!

Rick rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 26, 2017

This should have been much better, but the authors spend a chapter belittling and ridiculing peers that they don't agree with. Very petty and unprofessional.

Erik rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2017

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

Cade rated it ★★★☆☆

August 31, 2017

This book is very readable and pretty up to date (for a few minutes at least). The authors are scientists trying to write rather than writers talking about science. I think this shows primarily in the way they weight and shade their claims. They focus on mainstream headline sort of topics, but th...

Doctor rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

This is a non-technical survey of exoplanet research. The authors write in an almost breezy, accessible style, telling us, first the basics of exoplanets, how they are detected, what the current state is, and then they go into a kind of tour guide to some example types of exoplanets. The book con...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

June 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 planetary types that is far more diverse than we could ever guess. (In part because we guessed that...

Nicolas rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2018

A very thorough, but layperson accessible overview of this wonderful new subject. The book covers the whole subject in a Scientific American level writing. There are enough technical details to keep reading, while not getting too bogged down on the mechanics of the actual science. The historical pa...

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