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Destiny or Chance: Our Solar System and its Place in the Cosmos Paperback – 25 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (25 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521785219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521785211
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,220,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book would make excellent background reading for astronomy students at both Bachelor and Masters level and gives enough pointers for them to be able to find more quantitative accounts as and when necessary. It is also an excellent read for the interested lay person … I enjoyed reading it very much and I fully recommend it to other readers who wish to have an authoritative but understandable overview of our solar system.' Iwan Williams, Astronomy and Geophysics

'This book provides a fast-paced and expert tour through the new revolutions sweeping the study of Earth, its planetary neighbours, and other planetary systems. The author's viewpoint of our planetary system's uniqueness is essential reading for those who seek to understand our place in the universe.' Jonathan I. Lunine, University of Arizona

' … [contains a] wealth of factual information on the solar system … supplied with the solid authority of a lifetime's experience in planetological research, backed by impressive international plausits.' Edwin Budding, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

' … an accessible, readable format, he includes many historical titbits and a multitude of marvellous facts and figures.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This is a book that should be read by anyone who wants to be a scientist, is a scientist, or is interested in science.' Simon Conway Morris, Geological Magazine

'… I found this a very readable book' Linda Fowler, The Open University Geological Society

'A very easily read volume and a useful reference - a good buy!' Peter D. Mata, Spaceflight

'This is just a wonderful book … this is not just another descriptive book about the solar system, but a book that explores the implications of that description … The book can be profitably read, I would think, by anyone from motivated high school students to professional scientists. It can most profitably be read by those who don't already understand the historical sciences.' Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

'This is just a wonderful book … This is not just another descriptive book about the solar system, but a book that explores he implications of that description … Ross Taylor … is a fine writer - the essay-style prose runs easily, the accompanying images play their part, and the text is interwoven with fine interesting asides, especially historical ones (not too many planetary texts caan fluently bring in notes about Haydn).' Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

'… fascinating questions form the core of Taylor's book … benefits from an accessible and engaging tone.' BBC Sky at Night

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Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book is a fast-paced, non-technical and expert tour of how our solar system came into existence. En route we discover that chance events have shaped its history. A lucid and compelling read.

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4.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating narrative of Solar System creation
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