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Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

David A. Rothery
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This Very Short Introduction looks deep into space and describes the worlds that make up our Solar System: terrestrial planets, giant planets, dwarf planets and various other objects such as satellites (moons), asteroids and Trans-Neptunian objects. It considers how our knowledge has advanced over the centuries, and how it has expanded at a growing rate in recent years.

David A. Rothery gives an overview of the origin, nature, and evolution of our Solar System, including the controversial issues of what qualifies as a planet, and what conditions are required for a planetary body to be habitable by life. He looks at rocky planets and the Moon, giant planets and their satellites, and how the surfaces have been sculpted by geology, weather, and impacts.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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The writing style is exceptionally clear and pricise (Astronomy Now)

About the Author

Professor David Rothery became interested in astronomy as a schoolboy, and took a degree in geology at Cambridge University. He went on to a career in geological remote sensing at the Open University, where is now a Professor chairing planetary science courses and doing research in volanology and planetary science. He has been involved in various lunar and martian missions, and is now lead scientist for an X-ray spectrometer to be flown to Mercury on the BepiColombo spacecraft, and has chaired the European Space Agency's Mercury surface and composition working group since 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OYCZMW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic run-down 22 July 2013
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The Very Short Introduction series are written by professors of the subject and are aimed at provoking cross-discipline intrigue in the reader that may incite further investigation and reading - and boy are they good at achieving exactly that; often they leave more questions than answers.

Planets details the solar system in general, then spends the majority (41/125 pages) talking about planets like Earth (Rocky Planets) before detailing the gas giants, satellites, rings, asteroids and trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) - the description of which are largely factual, with some postulation on the exact composition and formation that arise from each of the widely varied bodies.

I personally found the composition & formation of the gas giant's satellites the most interesting, referencing the missions that got us the data we have today, Europa, Io and Triton are intriguing places. It also deals with the whole Pluto classification furore. Rothery then finishes on the most intriguing thought of all; the question of life in the universe.

A deeply fascinating book, as well suited to the amateur astronomer as the professors as a quick reference book. Jam-packed with statistics and black & white photos of the planets/satellites/asteroids in question. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book covers more than just the Planets and describes the Solar System succinctly. Superb chapters on Europa and some of the other satellites.
A scientific book that is a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 Feb. 2013
By jayne
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Lovely little book - great to accompany astronomy courses or just for a general knowledge - this is well written and easy to read .
a great coffee table book and a welcome addition to any book case
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact but fascinating 3 Oct. 2011
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I thought I knew a lot about the solar system and planets in general but it turns out I'd barely scratched the surface and I was hanging onto many scientific assumptions that have been debunked or revised in the past ten years. The chapter on Exoplanets and the debate about Pluto's status are particular highlights, did you know the largest planet astronomers have thus far discovered is ten times the size of Jupiter? Filled with amazing facts such as these.
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I just had to get this after completing the MOOC course by Future Learn / O U and whilst it is slightly dated now it was an enjoyable refresher for me
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