Exoplanets And Alien Solar Systems

Exoplanets And Alien Solar Systems

by Tahir Yaqoob


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There is a quiet revolution going on. An unprecedented number of planets outside of our solar system (exoplanets, or extrasolar planets) have been found, with an explosion in the number of discoveries in recent years. The collective human consciousness has arrived at a place that was inaccessible not long ago. Once upon a time, humanity had not even conceived questions such as, "Are there planets beyond our solar system?" or "Is there intelligent life on other planets?" Find out what has been happening in this rapidly advancing arena of human exploration, what these extrasolar planets are like, and why some traditional ideas face being thrown out. Get up to speed on the new science with "Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems." The book is aimed at the layperson, offering translations of astrophysics into plain language, yet it has enough depth in annotated reference notes to the original scientific literature that it will also be useful for those with a greater science background, including teachers and professional scientists. The book will help educators to begin to incorporate the study of extrasolar planets into the curriculum at all academic levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974168920
Publisher: New Earth Labs (Education and Outreach)
Publication date: 11/16/2011
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 1,100,467
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Dr. Tahir Yaqoob is an astrophysicist and educator with over 25 years of experience. He obtained a B.A. and an M.A. in physics from the University of Oxford, England, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Leicester, England. He has tutored and mentored students across the entire academic range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. He has also trained postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to become established scientists and professors in physics and astrophysics. Dr. Yaqoob has published over 120 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and is the author of the book "What Can I Do to Help My Child with Math When I Don't Know Any Myself?" He works on NASA funded astrophysics research projects and he is also a member of the editorial board of the international peer-reviewed journal "ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics."

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