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.
|Publisher:||New Earth Labs (Education and Outreach)|
|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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Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I first came across the work of Dr Yaqoob when I bought his book on helping my son with math (see review). It was with some surprise that I came across this book when I searched his name to show a friend where they could buy a copy of the math tuition book for themselves. I decided to give this book a go as he has a very easy writing style and this helped massively with the maths comprehension so I figured - what the hell maybe he can help me understand what happening 'out there' too. Well I was not disappointed. Dr Yaqoob really knows how to talk to us 'not so clever' in a way that gets an understanding of the science across without the extremely intimidating use of countless Greek symbols and high level algebra that other science writers seem to wallow in. I could have asked for a few more pictures but, given the subject material, these would have to be 'artists impressions' so their omission is understandable. I particularly like the way that he will stop and develop ideas and concepts, which really gave it the impression of being a true 'guidebook' (I suppose this makes it one of the first true Hitch-hikers Guides to the Galaxay available). In reflection that is what makes it so good 'DON'T PANIC' could be written on the back cover as you are in safe hands.