Offering an engaging story of the hunt for new worlds, this book examines the range of extrasolar planets that have been discovered during the past decade and looks at what can be learned about such planets by studying the bodies in our own solar system.
Offering an engaging and complete story of the hunt for new worlds, this volume fully details the detection and exploration of extrasolar planets. It examines the very wide range of extrasolar planets that have been discovered during the past ten years and looks at what can be learned about such planets by studying the bodies in our own solar system. It also discusses the formation of planetary systems, the way in which such systems may evolve and the final systems of planets that result. In addition, the authors demonstrate how life might evolve on an extrasolar planet and how such life might be detected.
From the reviews:
"The story ... told in this translation of a French book in vivid language and with plenty of colour illustrations, with careful, explanations of terms to make the account accessible to non-specialists. ... this book is a great introduction to the exciting topic of planetary systems beyond our own." (Fred Taylor, BBC Sky at Night, August, 2007)
"New Worlds discusses theories of planetary system formation - what our own solar system tells us, and how that has been changed by the new systems being found today. ... New Worlds asks questions about life in the universe - how we define it, how to search for it, and where we might find it in other star systems. ... The book is recommended for astronomy and general science collections." (David White, ACADEMIA, December, 2007)