The Planet Hunters: The Search for Other Worlds

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People are fascinated by the question "Are we alone in the universe?" Dennis Fradin tells readers the story of those men and women throughout history who have been part of the extraordinary hunt--the hunt for other planets. Fradin introduces readers to a cast of characters whose curiosity and persistence have opened the possibility of exploring life on worlds other than our own. Photos.

Provides historical information on astronomy, the discovery of the planets, and ...

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Overview

People are fascinated by the question "Are we alone in the universe?" Dennis Fradin tells readers the story of those men and women throughout history who have been part of the extraordinary hunt--the hunt for other planets. Fradin introduces readers to a cast of characters whose curiosity and persistence have opened the possibility of exploring life on worlds other than our own. Photos.

Provides historical information on astronomy, the discovery of the planets, and the people who have made such discoveries.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
From Copernican and Galilean discoveries to astronomical findings of our decade, Fradin provides the young reader with a panoramic view of questions that have long fascinated human beings. What makes this book particularly interesting is the level of detail. The chapter on the discovery of Pluto, for instance, includes material on Venetia Burney, now eighty, who suggested the name for the new planet. Archival photographs illustrate both astronomical and historical content. This reviewer's only quibble is that the historical background is entirely Eurocentric. It's debatable, for instance, whether "all humanity" believed that "we stood motionless at the center of creation." Front matter includes a list of the numbers used in the book, as well as metric measurements. A bibliography and information table on the nine planets are also provided.
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Gr 5 UpIn this lively account, Fradin incorporates some new material as he brings the exciting, often disputatious history of the search for other planets up-to-date. Drawing clear connections between, for instance, the observations of the ancients as refined by Tycho Brahe, the last of the great naked-eye astronomers, and the work of Johannes Kepler and later searchers, the author also shows how doctrine, disinterest, and concern for professional reputations often delayed discoveries or led the search astray. He brings his story into the 20th century by interviewing Clyde Tombaugh (shortly before Tombaugh's death in 1997), the discoverer of what Percival Lowell dubbed "Planet X," which was later named "Pluto." Fradin reports on newly discovered planets orbiting distant pulsars that Dr. Alex Wolszczan and others have detected, and closes with a discussion of the pros and cons of a 10th planet in our own solar system. Despite occasional oversimplification and an amateurish design and production that results in murky black-and-white illustrations, plus an antediluvian "color insert," this overview of a hunt as old as any human endeavor will be an asset to most collections because of its scope and currency.John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689813238
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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