Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life

Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life

by Donald Goldsmith

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674976900
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 362,785
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Donald Goldsmith is an astronomer and President of Interstellar Media. He is the author of Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) and The Runaway Universe, and has received the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award and the Annenberg lifetime award for astronomy popularization from the American Astronomical Society.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 The Long Search for Other Solar Systems 5

2 Cosmic Distances 10

3 Early Quests for Exoplanets 14

4 The Breakthrough: Measuring Radial Velocity Precisely 28

5 Finding Exoplanets by Their Transits 50

6 Directly Observing Exoplanets 64

7 Detecting Planets with Einstein's Lens 74

8 Two Minor Methods for Finding Exoplanets 85

9 A Gallery of Strange New Planets 91

10 What Have We Learned? 127

11 How Planets Form with Their Stars 135

12 Habitable Planets and the Search for Life 157

13 Future Approaches to Hunting Exoplanets 175

14 Proxima Calls: Can We Visit? 207

Notes 227

Further Reading 243

Acknowledgments 245

Index 247

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