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Planet Quest

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A leading astronomer provides an “excellent introduction” (New York Times Book Review) to the search for faraway planets and extraterrestrial life-a “fascinating” guide (Astronomy) that is “everything a good science-for-the-public book should be” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Black-and-white photographs.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 1998 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jan 07, 2014 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: amateur astronomers
Shelves: non-fiction, space
A great book about exoplanets written when this was a fairly new topic (back when the number of planets discovered outside of our solar system was still in the double-digits).

It does a good job of explaining the science behind the detection/discovery techniques (e.g., using multiple telescopes to see further than a single telescope can; detecting the wobble of a star by its largest close-orbit planet). Not exactly for the average person, but an amateur astronomy fan (i.e., someone who already kn...more
This was very cohesively written and had a lovely layout of information. I learned a lot about different bodies in the galaxies with more "traditional science" content than one would get from, say, a television programme.
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