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Discovering the Solar System, SecondEdition covers the Sun, the planets, their satellitesand the host of smaller bodies that orbit the Sun. This book offersa comprehensive introduction to the subject for science students,and examines the discovery, investigation and modelling of thesebodies. Following a thematic approach, chapters coverinteriors, surfaces and the atmospheres of major bodies, includingthe Earth. The book starts with an overview of the Solar System andits origin, and then takes a look at small bodies, such asasteroids, comets and meteorites.

Carefully balancing breadth of coverage with depth,Discovering the Solar System, Second Edition:

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction, assuming little priorknowledge
  • Includes full coverage of each planet, as well as the moon,Europa and Titan. The Second Edition includes new material onexoplanetary systems, and a general update throughout.
  • Presents latest results from the Mars Rover and Cassini-Huygensmissions
  • Includes a colour plate section
  • Contains ‘stop and think’ questions embedded in thetext to aid understanding, along with questions at the end of majorsections. Answers are provided at the end of the book.
  • Provides summaries at the end of each chapter, and a glossaryat the end of the book

Praise for the First Edition:

"(...) essential reading for all undergraduate students (...)and for those at a more advanced level approaching the subject forthe first time." THE SCIENCE BOOK BOARD BOOK REVIEW

“One of the best books on the solar system I have seen.The general accuracy and quality of the content isexcellent.” JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH ASTRONOMICALASSOCIATION

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Discovering the Solar System, Second Edition is a comprehensive,up-to-date, account of the Solar System and the ways in which thevarious bodies have been investigated and modelled. The approach,well received in the first edition, is thematic – the bookincludes sequences of chapters on the interiors of planetarybodies, their surfaces, and their atmospheres. Within each sequencethere is a chapter on general principles and processes, followed byeither one or two chapters on specific bodies.

Liberally illustrated with diagrams, black and white photographsand colour plates, the book also features:

  • Tables of essential data
  • End of section questions with full answers
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter

Discovering the Solar System, Second Edition is essentialreading for all undergraduate students for whom astronomy orplanetary science are components of their degrees as well as forthose at a more advanced level approaching the subject for thefirst time. It is also suitable for anyone with a keen interest inastronomy. A small amount of scientific knowledge is assumed inaddition to a familiarity with basic algebra and graphs.

The author is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the OpenUniversity, an institution dedicated to supported distancelearning, where Professor Jones has acquired much a lot ofexperience in writing clear texts that promote active reading.

About the Author:

Professor Barrie W. Jones, Professor of Astronomy, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Has been awarded the David Wynn-Williams Prize for services to Astrobiology, by the Astrobiology Society of Britain in 2006.

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