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Terraforming: The Creating of Habitable Worlds (Astronomers' Universe)

Terraforming: The Creating of Habitable Worlds (Astronomers' Universe) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Beech
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"Earth will not last forever; it will take many human generations for most of Earth’s problems to manifest, at the very least. One may consider these the problems of far-off generations or, as Beech … does in Terraforming, one might consider how to begin to create new homes on Mars or Venus. Beech describes our modern view of the solar system, emphasizing the resources available to us on the familiar planets … . Summing Up: Recommended. General and academic audiences, lower-division undergraduate and above." (C. Palma, Choice, Vol. 47 (1), September, 2009)

“‘The ultimate aim of terraforming is to alter a hostile planetary environment into one that is Earth like, and eventually upon the surface of the new and vibrant world that you and I could walk freely about and explore.’ … nicely produced and illustrated book, then carries on with a mixture of just enough actual scientific detail to make the extensive science fantasy, not science fiction but science fantasy, plausible to many readers. … interest to scientists and engineers … .” (Gary J. Long and Fernande Grandjean, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 2, 2011)

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This book proposes a sound and realistic exploration on the topic of terraforming. Often used as the narrative premise in science fiction novels, terraforming is the process by which an uninhabitable planet might be converted into one capable of supporting life. This book presents what is physically possible today and hints what might conceivably be put into practice in the next several hundred years.

The author works within the realms of current technology and known physics, although speculation on future advancements inevitably enters the discussion. Introductory chapters establish why terraforming will be of great benefit to human kind, and also put in place the basic physical arguments necessary to the terraforming process. The following parts look at various proposals that have been made for terraforming the planets Mars and Venus. The book concludes with a glimpse to the much deeper future when humankind will explore and colonize the outer solar system and possibly the newly discovered exoplanets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3202 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (29 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWZ7AW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book or my students 19 Dec 2012
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I bought this book for two of my students who were working on a project on terraforming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard science for the academically inclined 13 Feb 2010
By Jao Tuanis - Published on
I purchased this book thinking it was part of a series for science fiction writers and fans. I was wrong, of course, as it actually belongs to a series on academical discussions on cosmology and space science. If you are not into this kind of topic, the reading will be sure to put you to sleep in seconds. If, on the contrary, you enjoy learning about the science behind the possible engineering of planets in order to make them habitable by humans, this book will provide an excellent introduction to the subject. Even though the author (Martin Beech) tries very hard to make the book accessible to a wider audience, and even attempts to produce some fragments of literature, I must say he fails, though not terribly so. The average reader will not enjoy it, and only a handful will read through till the end, but if you take your science seriously, it is worth the effort.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 21 Dec 2012
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I found this book to be an insightful look into humanity's future as a spacefaring civilization. Many of the spectacular proposals, such as converting Jupiter into a star, or refueling the burnt out Sun, are explainable by current physics, if not our current technology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 12 July 2013
By Sergei Soares - Published on
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I knew next to nothing about terraforming. I am an economist so do not know much about the much of the science in the book. Yet I understood everything (almost) perfectly well and was much more knowledgeable about terraforming after reading the book than when Is tarted it. My only complaint is that the book pays scant attention to "biological" terraforming - creating lifeforms to do transform environments. The book is much more about "engineering" terraforming. Nevertheless, a great book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 10th grade level reading 28 Jun 2012
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This book would be very good for someone who knew very little about physics and chemistry, but for anyone who has taken high school sciences and knows a little bit about astronomy this book will surely lack and be quite annoying. The author goes into great detail on the simpler common knowledge topics but tells you close to nothing about the slightly harder topics. Overall i thought it was a huge waste of time with maybe 2 or 3 bits of useful information (i am a college freshmen with very little scientific background)if the book was shortened to maybe 50 or less pages it might be worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting Futurism 15 Jun 2009
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I enjoyed this scientific book very much. It is full of futuristic, yet useful, terraforming ideas. Very forward-thinking philosophically too.
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