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From one of the leaders of the search for extrasolar planets, a riveting account of the next breakthrough: the imminent discovery of planets similar to Earth.
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The Crowded Universe: The Race to Find Life Beyond Earth by Alan Boss

We are nearing a turning point in our quest for life in the universe,we now have the capacity to detect Earth-like planets around other stars. But will we find any? In The Crowded Universe , renowned astronomer Alan Boss argues that based on what we already know about planetary systems, in the coming years we will find abundant Earths, including many that are indisputably alive. Life is not only possible elsewhere in the universe, Boss argues,it is common. Boss describes how our ideas about planetary formation have changed radically in the past decade and brings readers up to date on discoveries of bizarre inhabitants of various solar systems, including our own. America must stay in this new space race, Boss contends, or risk being left out of one of the most profoundly important discoveries of all time: the first confirmed finding of extraterrestrial life.

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The Crowded Universe Reviews


Debra Fischer, Professor of Astronomy, San Francisco State University "Alan Boss is widely respected for his scientific research and for his ability to clearly convey forefront research to the public. The Crowded Universe is a delightful read that chronicles the twists and turns of the birth and evolution of the rapidly evolving field of exoplanet discovery." Michel Mayor, Professor of Astronomy, University of Geneva "The discovery of exoplanets has transformed modern astronomy. In The Crowded Universe, renowned expert Alan Boss offers an exciting insider's account of the quest for other Worlds." Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Great Britain "The search for life beyond the Earth, and the study of planets orbiting other stars, are surely among the most fascinating topics in 21st century science. Alan Boss offers a clear and masterly guide to these exciting and fast-moving subjects." Dr. Paul Butler, Carnegie Institution of Washington "In the past decade we have gone from complete ignorance of extrasolar planets to the verge of finding habitable planets. In The Crowded Universe, Alan Boss gives an extraordinary inside look at the people and events that have shaped the field. The excitement of discovery shines in Boss's elegant prose, and the work of centuries is seamlessly assembled for the non-expert reader." Professor Geoff Marcy, Center for Integrative Planetary Science, UC Berkeley "Rarely is the history of science so accurately told as in this lively and authoritative book. Alan Boss offers insights about our terrestrial origins, our extraterrestrial brethren, and our destiny in the Galaxy, placing our Earth in the cosmic context for the first time." Dr. Frank Drake, Director, Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute CIRC "The Crowded Universe is a thorough depiction of the events and people involved in one of the greatest milestones in the history of science: the detection of other planetary systems in the Milky Way. The author is one of the primary players in this ongoing saga, and he tells the story with commendable detail. If you want to see how science works at its best, read this book." Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History and author of The Pluto Files "The search for planets outside our solar system has become a cottage industry. In The Crowded Universe, Alan Boss weaves a 'you are there' narrative that reaches behind the scenes of this thrilling new field, exposing the reader to the people, the politics, and the sheer joy of doing science." Kirkus "Solid coverage of one of the most exciting topics in science."

About Alan Boss


One of the world's leading authorities on the formation of stars and planets, Alan Boss is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Meteoritical Society, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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GOR003716887
The Crowded Universe: The Race to Find Life Beyond Earth by Alan Boss
Alan Boss
Used - Very Good
Paperback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
2010-12-28
256
0465020399
9780465020393
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