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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107668565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107668560
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… Michael Perryman … has written an excellent, startlingly complete snapshot of the current state of knowledge regarding extrasolar planets … Like any good encyclopedia, The Exoplanet Handbook has as its major strength its reference list, which cites more than 4000 papers. The list provides a near-complete snapshot of all the research that has taken place in the field in the past two decades. Furthermore, the references are deftly integrated into the text, which makes this volume an excellent point of departure for any researcher seeking to chart a new course of exoplanetary investigation.' Gregory Laughlin, Physics Today

'… more technically detailed and comprehensive than many of the rival texts. … it is an ideal companion for a PhD student in the field, as well as an excellent reference for the experienced researcher … this is also an excellent, detailed textbook suitable for a specialist undergraduate or postgraduate lecture course.' The Observatory

'If I were allowed access to only one book on the subject of extra-solar planets, Michael Perryman's Exoplanet Handbook is a contender that would be very hard to beat. The book documents the whirlwind development of this newly-emergent and energetic new field of science … It is also a compendium of essential physical concepts, useful formulae and computational strategies for analysis of the various types of astronomical data used to discover and characterise exoplanets.' Andrew Collier Cameron, University of St Andrews

'This remarkable compilation brings together observations and theoretical explorations of a rapidly growing astronomical field. Literally every possible observational method is explained and recent results given … While the number of known exoplanets changes weekly, the methods through which we discover and characterise these do not. Highly recommended.' George F. Benedict, University of Texas, Austin

'When my students would ask for an appropriate textbook that covered all of the course material my reply had always been 'there are none'. That is until The Exoplanet Handbook … Perryman's book compiles all the pertinent and current knowledge in exoplanets in one place … This is a comprehensive and well-written textbook that beautifully covers all aspects of the dynamic field of exoplanets.' Artie Hatzes, University of Jena

'The Exoplanet Handbook provides a very valuable integration of all aspects of the fascinating and interdisciplinary world of exoplanet science. It combines in a coherent context the presentation of the observational techniques, covering recent highlights and future prospects, with the description of the vast range of intertwining phenomena and processes that shape the paths of planet formation, evolution and structure … The book shows an impressive command of a wide variety of topics. It is an encyclopedic mine of information … The Handbook is an invaluable resource for professional planetary scientists and academic teachers, for both practising astronomers and motivated amateurs, and for advanced undergraduate and graduate students venturing into the exciting, fast-moving, world of exoplanet science.' Vittorio Vanzani, Padua University

'The Exoplanet Handbook by Michael Perryman is an exhaustive reference for the techniques, facts, and theory of exoplanet science. Poised as it is at the close of the first decade of the new millennium to assume a major role in astronomy's future, exoplanets research has now acquired its encyclopaedist. An excellent and objective resource for novice and expert alike, this compendium is destined for the libraries of all serious students of the art.' Adam Burrows, Princeton University

'Perryman's book is truly a major achievement: it is an astonishingly complete overview of everything we know about exoplanets. Impressively, he covers not only the basic foundational concepts, but also summarizes in detail the observational techniques and challenges, and reviews both current knowledge and past progress. The Exoplanet Handbook will serve as the seminal reference in this field for many years. I would (and will) strongly encourage any graduate students interested in doing serious research in exoplanets to buy a copy of this book.' B. Scott Gaudi, Ohio State University

'Michael Perryman's new book provides not only a thorough discussion of what we have learned about extrasolar planets since the first discoveries over 15 years ago, but also a clear and comprehensive review of the wide range of observational and theoretical techniques that have been employed to find and characterize them. This volume is a must-have for serious researchers in the field, and will be an invaluable reference for many years to come.' I. Neill Reid, Space Telescope Science Institute

'This Handbook is a true encyclopedic reference on exoplanets. Perryman's new book is a comprehensive review on major programs and results obtained in the last decade in this exciting new domain of astrophysics and as such it is a priceless resource for experts. The detailed descriptions of the foundations of the main observations techniques and key theoretical aspects make it a perfect book for any student wishing to have a comprehensive introduction to exoplanet research. This volume is likely to become an important reference in the field.' Didier Queloz, Geneva Observatory

'The Exoplanet Handbook by Michael Perryman is impressive; the content is of high level and very accurate. He has succeeded in providing an exhaustive and up-to-date review of this mature and rich field. The Handbook will surely help Ph.D. students and professional astronomers who want to learn about this field. It will even be useful to experts who want to check details on some specific aspects, either about exoplanets themselves, detection methods, or instrumentation.' Jean Schneider, CNRS/LUTH, Paris Observatory

'Its 400 densely packed pages probably contain all you need to know about the subject … if you are a serious student of the subject you will find it an essential purchase.' Spaceflight

'This is an extremely thorough guide to all things exo-planetary, crammed with information and is an essential textbook for astronomy students.' Astronomy Now

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Exoplanet research is one of the most explosive subjects in astronomy today, with more than 500 exoplanets now known. This book ties together these many avenues of investigation - from the perspectives of observation, technology and theory - to give a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the entire field.

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I am a professor of astronomy specializing in ground-based searches for transiting exoplanets, and I teach a number of undergraduate courses in stellar and exoplanetary science. I were allowed access to only one book on the subject of extra-solar planets, Michael Perryman's "Exoplanet Handbook" is a contender that would be very hard to beat. The book documents the whirlwind development of this newly-emergent and energetic new field of science, providing a comprehensive historical guide to the academic literature in the field as it stood at the end of 2010. It is also a compendium of essential physical concepts, useful formulae and computational strategies for analysis of the various types of astronomical data used to discover and characterise exoplanets.

Throughout the book, clear and succinct descriptions of the underlying physics illuminate the key equations in the planet-hunter's armoury. Perryman follows the advances and setbacks encountered by the army of academics, postdocs and grad students who have driven the whole enterprise, by binding their individual contributions to the refereed journal literature into an engaging narrative woven around the essential physics. Remarkably, the 2000 or so papers referenced in the book's 70-page bibliography represent about one-third of the 6000 articles that have documented the advance of the field over the last 15 years.

Perryman reviews the development of exoplanetary science at a level of detail that is perfectly suited to the needs of advanced undergraduates or newly-graduated students embarking on a research career in this field.
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I am a professor of astronomy and have been in the exoplanet business since 1988. For the past several years I have taught a course on "Exoplanets" as part of a modular degree course. When my students would ask for an appropriate textbook that covered all of the course material my reply had always been "there are none". That is until Michael Perryman's "The Exoplanet Handbook". Every chapter corresponds to a topic in my course and they frequently include the same figures from the literature that I used in my lectures. Perryman's book compiles all the pertinent and current knowledge in exoplanets in one place. It would have been much easier for me to prepare lectures with this book! This is a comprehensive and well-written textbook that beautifully covers all aspects of the dynamic field of exoplanets. I agree completely with the excellent review given by Andrew Cameron.

I highly recommend this book for all advanced undergraduates and to graduate students just venturing into the exoplanet business. It is also a very valuable resource
for any academic person that is preparing a university course on this topic.
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I am an astrophysicist doing research in the field of extra-solar planets and this is the best book on the subject that I have read. This book covers everything that an early graduate student starting to think about exoplanet research should know. The book contains a huge amount of information and a lot of references to scientific papers containing more depth on a given topic. The methods and science behind all of the big exoplanet discoveries up until late 2010 are covered in detail -- I am impressed at how up to date the book is given the very fast rate of new discoveries.

I could see using this book as the textbook for a broad advanced undergraduate- or graduate-level class on exoplanet science. The chapters are nicely laid out, with ~half-page explanations of an extremely wide variety of topics and all the references you could need to learn more. There are a lot of figures, in many cases drawn from recent relevant scientific papers, that do a good job of illustrating the key points. There are some equations but only where they are useful.

There is so much useful information in this book that I intend to keep this book close to my desk for the foreseeable future.

I have been trying to come up with something negative to say about the book so that my review appears unbiased but I can't find anything -- perhaps the overabundance of references although in general I found that the right references were chosen for a given subject.

I fully agree with the elegant praise from Andrew Cameron's review -- this is an excellent book!
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The ambitious Exoplanet Handbook successfully ties together all aspects of exoplanetary science in a coherent and highly readable single source. The Encyclopedia-sized entries include concise explanations, current references, and equations when necessary. The book will save researchers valuable time, provide a framework for exoplanet lectures, and represent an indispensable source for students learning the trade; I wish this book was available when I was a student.
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HASH(0x9422f1f8) out of 5 stars Comprehensive review of the literature 9 Feb. 2012
By Josh Winn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An extremely useful reference for any exoplaneteer. A comprehensive
review of all exoplanet literature to date. Compared
to the other essential book, Exoplanets (Seager), this volume is
shorter, more unified, and more encyclopedic. Exoplanets (Seager) is
more pedagogical, more concerned with fundamentals and
less concerned with a comprehensive review of the current literature
(and it is also cheaper). Put both on your bookshelf.
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HASH(0x943fc8ac) out of 5 stars The perfect book for my exoplanet lectures 27 Aug. 2011
By Ignas Snellen, Leiden University - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Prof. Perryman's new book is an enormous achievement. Already in its first weeks it has proven to me to be an excellent reference book, from the details of observational techniques, formation and evolution of planetary systems, to planet interiors and atmospheres. It will be perfect for my exoplanet lectures!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9488d144) out of 5 stars A handbook worthy of the name 14 Nov. 2011
By George F. Benedict - Published on Amazon.com
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This remarkable compilation brings together observations and theoretical explorations of a rapidly growing astronomical field - extrasolar planets. Literally every possible observational method is explained and recent results given. These include radial velocities, astrometry, transits, microlensing, timings, and imaging. The level is quite technical (I find myself using the book in my ongoing research), but a motivated armchair amateur astronomer could derive much from the very helpful overviews and introductions to each chapter. Of possibly equal value to the practicing astronomer, areas not yet fully understood are clearly identified. While the number of known exoplanets changes weekly, the methods through which we discover and characterize these do not. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x94147750) out of 5 stars A Significant Achievement 6 Mar. 2012
By Dimitri Veras - Published on Amazon.com
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The ambitious Exoplanet Handbook successfully ties together all aspects of exoplanetary science in a coherent and highly readable single source. The Encyclopedia-sized entries include concise explanations, current references, and equations when necessary. The book will save researchers valuable time, provide a framework for exoplanet lectures, and represent an indispensable source for students learning the trade; I wish this book was available when I was a student.
HASH(0x940691a4) out of 5 stars Highly valuable for both experts and beginners 18 April 2013
By DrMCuntz - Published on Amazon.com
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The Exoplanet Handbook by Michael Perryman is a highly useful source of knowledge on extrasolar planetary research, involving both identified exoplanets and their parent stars. The book covers a large range of important topics, including historical aspects, observational planetary search methods, planetary habitability, planet-host star relationships, properties and dynamics of multiplanetary systems, interiors and atmospheres of planets, "free-floating" planets, as well as a comparative assessment of the Solar System. The Exoplanet Handbook also contains numerous chapters on significant physical aspects pertaining to exoplanets, such as planetary formation and the orbital stability of planets in binary systems. Another notable aspect of The Exoplanet Handbook is the presentation of "focus boxes" devoted to specific topics such as microlensing and planetary orbital stability; they allow for a detailed consideration of those materials without interrupting the book's overall flow. The book's high scientific value also stems from the fact that it has elements of a typical astrophysical textbook as well as a catalog. Concerning the latter, it contains a detailed listing of properties of radial velocity planets, including information on their host stars. The Exoplanet Handbook also reports lesser known historical facts about extrasolar planetary discoveries through the presentation of a selective chronology. It provides information on tentative exoplanet identifications, especially for the time period between 1987 and 1995 in consideration of that August 29, 1995 is often referred to as marking the milestone of the first noncontroversial detection of an exosolar Jupiter-mass planet (which is 51 Pegasi b) orbiting a solar-type star other than the Sun. The Exoplanet Handbook furthermore contains a thorough discussion of observational search methods for exosolar planets, including the Kepler mission as well as various Europe-based missions and initiatives. In conclusion, I would like to stress the breadth and the completeness of the book's coverage, as well as the fact that it provides a valuable source of information for both experts and beginners. For the latter, The Exoplanet Handbook by Michael Perryman is useful for attaining an overview of various aspects of exoplanetary research, which may inspire especially student readers to get deeper involved in the field. The quality of the book is further enhanced through the inclusion of an extensive list of references encompassing more than 70 pages. In conclusion, I would like to strongly recommend The Exoplanet Handbook by Michael Perryman to both experts and novices without serious reservations. - Review provided by Dr. Manfred Cuntz, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington
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