Worlds without End : The Exploration of Planets Known and Unknown (Helix Books Series)

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9780738201702: Worlds without End : The Exploration of Planets Known and Unknown (Helix Books Series)

The most exciting new discovery in modern astronomy must surely be the detection of planets orbiting distant stars; but what kinds of worlds these new planets are is yet to be determined with certainty. In this imaginatively written yet solidly scientific work, planetary scientist John S. Lewis explains how planets form, what they are made of, and how scientists know what they know about both the planets in our solar system and those orbiting distant suns. From solidly grounded knowledge to the latest theories of planetary science, Worlds Without End is essential reading for everyone thrilled by the latest discoveries in astronomy.

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Now we know: other stars have planets, too! What are they like? Do they house beings looking up at us? In Worlds Without End, John S. Lewis answers the first question as best he can and wisely defers the second with a thorough discussion of its possibilities. He knows what he's talking about--as codirector of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona, he's on top of the ever-increasing flow of information about our own planet, our neighbors from Mercury to Pluto, and the invisible (but well-established) satellites of distant suns. His prose, at turns studious and droll, captures his enthusiasm for planetary science and infuses the reader with the desire to know more. Whether you want to learn about life or the planets that support it, Worlds Without End should be the starting point for your cosmic voyage. --Rob Lightner

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John S. Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on planets. He is Professor of Planetary Sciences and Codirector of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona-Tucson, and is the author of Rain of Iron and Ice and Mining the Sky. Professor Lewis lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife and four children.

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