- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers,U.S. (Dec. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560916095
- ISBN-13: 978-1560916093
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,834,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments Hardcover – 1 Dec 1995
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Terraforming is a futuristic concept regarding the transformation of a hostile planetary surface and atmosphere into an aerobic environment suitable for humans. This technical-level volume reviews in detail the conscious modification of planetary environments, including the possibilities of stabilizing Earth's biosphere and of making other planets
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and you ask "Terraforming is that real possible ?" then martyn j. Fogg Book the right stuff.
It is the ONLY science Book over Terraforming !
Fogg explane easy the problem and technology from earth over to Mars, Venus and moons of the solarsystem.
He looks the proposal and there possiblty. the book show terraform is Possibile. but it takes thousand of years of hard work
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If you are looking for a free copy of this book, you can download it from this dropbox address in the form of a PDF, don't bother trying to buy a copy from one of these sellers.
Although ideal to have an engineering or science background to fully appreciate this book, although those with a solid understanding if year-12 chemistry, physics and maths would also be fine also.
A snippet from the Table of Contents is as follows:
Chapter 5 - The Ecopoiesis of Mars
5.2 Mars as an Abode of Life
5.3 Approached to Terraforming Mars
5.4 Early Ecopoiesis Models
5.5 Modern Ecopoiesis Models
5.6 Organisms for Pioneering Mars
Chapter 6 - The Terraforming of Mars
6.1 Problems with a Popular Paradigm
6.2 Tackling the Volatiles Problem
6.3 A Synergic Scenario for Terraforming Mars
6.4 The Problem of Attention Span
Chapter 7 - The Terraforming of Venus
7.1 A Fair Imagined Venus
7.2 The Revealed Venus
7.3 The Requirements of Terraforming Venus
7.4 Aerial Photosynthesis
7.5 Importation of Reductants
7.6 Impact Erosion
7.7 Freezing Out Carbon Dioxide
7.8 Disposal of CO2 by Chemical Weathering
7.9 The Problem of the Diurnal Cycle
7.10 A Comparison of Scale
Chapter 8 - Terraforming: Alternative Methods, Fringe Concepts, and Ultimate Possibilities
8.1 Fleshing out the Envelope
8.3 Terraforming the "Lesser Planets"
8.4 Planet Shifting
8.5 Cosmic Engineering Meets Terraforming
8.6 Terraforming and the Interstellar Future
As per some of the previous comments, I would love to see Dr Fogg update this excellent text (possibly in collaboration with a suitable senior planetary exploration/development engineer from NASA).
Contrary to what an earlier reviewer said this book is easy to follow even for a layman. You should be able to understand even the most advanced concepts in this this well written book if you have ever taken an astronomy course and you can understand high school level chemistry and algebra.
The only problem I have had with this book is getting my hands on a copy. While I was able to get the book via interlibrary loan relatively easily I was unable to purchase a copy for over a year. I would love to see this book reprinted, or perhaps Fogg could write a new edition. Trust me, if you are a terraforming or space enthusiast interested in colonizing the solar system this book is a must have. If you can find a copy of it for sale at a reasonable price then BUY IT. It is by far the best book that I have found on the subject of terraforming.
Starting with building up the atmosphere, and how to add water using comets, Martyn Fogg takes the reader from the dawn of time till today, with science and technology that would relatively speaking 'quick cook' a suitable planet into a new earth.
Not content to stop there, Martyn Fogg gives the proper technical explanations for how to construct a solar system, and push your favorite star into a perfect location using a form of a giant solar sail.
Hard Science, Solid Facts, Vivid Explanations, God-Like Vision.
Astounding. Worth much, much more than the few thousands each copy is selling for at today's prices.
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