The Planetary Scientist's Companion

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Scientists have collected a wealth of physical and chemical data for the Sun, planets, and small bodies in our solar system, but until now this information has been scattered throughout the technical literature. The Planetary Scientist's Companion solves this problem, providing for the first time a single, extensive reference for the interdisciplinary fields of planetary science and cosmochemistry.
The book begins with a summary of frequently used physical and chemical constants, unit conversion factors, properties of some compounds and minerals, thermodynamic data, partition coefficients, and useful formulas. This is followed by an overview of the solar system, including comparative data for the planets and their satellites and abundances of the elements. Much of the book is devoted to a series of chapters describing in turn the Sun, each of the planets, and the groups of small bodies (asteroids, comets, meteorites, and Kuiper Belt and Centaur objects). Each chapter includes an introduction, followed by tables of physical and chemical properties compiled from many sources, including data on planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors. The book concludes with data on nearby stars, the interstellar medium, and recently discovered brown dwarfs and possible extrasolar planets, followed by a glossary. A unique and practical resource for anyone interested in contemporary planetary science and cosmochemistry, this volume is likely to be an essential tool in future research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is indeed an extremely useful book. It contains everything that is needed for the one en vogue back of the envelope calculations and much more. Lodders and Fegley have compiled a remarkable combination of data relevant to all aspects of planetology in a handy booklet. The real value of the book is the supporting literature documentation of all numbers listed. I recommend this book without any reservations." — Herbert Palme, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Vol 35, 2000

"The Planetary Scientist's Companion is a concise reference book that will be helpful to students and researchers in planetary sciences and related areas. Even the rapid change in knowledge of our planetary system and the fast increase of available data will not outdate this book in the near future. I recommend this compilation to all persons working in the broad field of planetology. Also those teaching in Earth and planetary sciences will appreciate having The Planetary Scientist's Companion available on their bookshelf." — Ludolf Schultz

"This book is incredibly comprehensive and well-organized. It is jam-packed with mostly tabular data from a wide variety of well-documented and relatively up-to-date sources, including classic research and review papers and disparate reference sources. While unusual for a reference book, The Planetary Scientist's Companion actually lends itself to casual reading, which is perhaps fitting for what the authors describe as a "'data journey' through the solar system and beyond." This is a succinct and handy reference book that will be of use to most students and teachers." —EOS, June 15, 1999

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195116946
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

both at Washington University, St. Louis
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Table of Contents

1. Technical data
2. The solar system
3. The sun
4. Mercury
5. Venus
6. The earth and the moon
7. Mars and satellites
8. Jupiter, rings, and satellites
9. Saturn, rings and satellites
10. Uranus, rings, and satellites
11. Neptune, rings and satellites
12. Pluto and Charon
13. The asteroids
14. Centaur objects and Kuiper belt objects
15. Comets
16. Meteorites
17. Beyond the solar system

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