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The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets
 
 
Author
Alan Boss.
Publisher Basic/QPB  
Format paperback, QPB
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781615234578
Pages/Publication Date 227/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31693
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We are nearing a turning point in our quest for life in the universe—we now have the capacity to detect Earth-like planets around other stars. But will we find any? Astronomer Alan Boss posits that, based on what we already know about planetary systems, in the coming years we will find abundant Earths, including many that are indisputably alive. Life is not only possible elsewhere in the universe, Boss assures us—it is common.

"Boss recounts the exhilarating tale of the race to discover the first truly Earth-like exoplanet ... [and] brings alive the thrills and disappointments of bleeding-edge science, the fierce competition between American and European planet-hunting teams and the politics of billion-dollar research. Along the way we learn the latest theories on how planets form and just how astronomers detect distant worlds too faint to see."—New Scientist

"In this short and lucid review of his field, [Boss] traces the developments of the last fifteen years in chronological, diarylike entries, so that we can share with him the excitement of discovery…. The tone of Boss's book, accordingly, is excited and hopeful, but there's also a note of wry irony in his descriptions of the political trials astronomers have gone through trying to promote their research. And despite the successes of the past decade, Boss senses that it may be increasingly difficult for astronomers to attract the sums needed to continue the search for habitable planets. Readers of this book, I am certain, will hope his fears are unsubstantiated."—Natural History

 
 
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