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Fantastic story of exoplanet discovery,
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This review is from: Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (Kindle Edition)
I'm generally not a big fan of technical topics being told as stories, so I went into this book with some reservations.
But I was in for a surprise. Billings has selected those elements of the stories that put the quest into context, and told each part of the story with passion. It really does make sense to tell the tale this way, as the human factors (economics, alliances, conflicts etc.) play such a key role in the development of the science and engineering of exoplanet discovery and the search for life around other stars.
The book is not overly technical, and can be read comfortably by those who just have an interest in the subject. There are plenty of notes and suggestions for further reading on each chapter for those who want to delve into a particular topic in more detail, and there's a very comprehensive index.
Overall, a superb book.