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on 16 April 2009
This is a book that in almost diary form tells the story over the last decades of development and research in the field of exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets found orbiting other stars than our Sun, and a prerequisite for finding life outside the solar system. The author has participated in this search and gives a detailed account of the important events presentations meetings successes and frustrations during this period. It is a very interesting story into how modern research is carried out in Astronomy and it tells about new disciplines like astrobiology. The book can be recommended to people who are interested in modern astronomy and want to see how this fascinating new filed came to be.
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on 6 October 2009
This book gives an excellent history of the search and discovery of exoplanets, those rotating around stars covering the different methods used in the search. It also gives a feel for the competition that the US scientists feel that they are in with those from other countries-especially Europe- to be the first with the discovery of the first Earth size planet-especially in a habitable zone. It is up to date at August 2008.
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on 12 September 2009
Overall, it's a good read - however, I feel the author spent too much time and detail on the financial and 'political' issues concerning NASA rather than the actual science of exoplanets.
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