Exploring the Solar System
March 2012, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Written in an informal style, with minimal use of mathematics, this book is the ideal introductory text for non-science students and other readers with little or no science background. With the aid of numerous illustrations, many in full colour, this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe.
- Assumes no background in physics , astronomy or mathematics
- Carefully explains key concepts
- Gives balanced coverage to areas of controversy or uncertainty in planetary science
- Is in in full color throughout and richly illustrated
An interview with Peter can be found at http://wisciblog.com/2012/02/28/exploring-the-solar-system/
1 Beginnings 3
2 Sun 23
3 Earth 52
4 The Moon 86
5 Mercury 112
6 Venus 133
7 Mars 156
8 Jupiter 210
9 Saturn 243
10 Uranus 281
11 Neptune 298
12 Pluto and the Kuiper Belt 314
13 Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites 335
14 Exoplanets 379
Further Reading 437
“This textbook is right up to date, containing many recent results from our robotic emissaries currently exploring Venus, Mars and the Saturnian system, especially the astounding discoveries the Cassini-Hygens mission has made about the moons Titan and Enceladus.” (BBC Sky At Night, 1 June 2012)
“The book would make an excellent introduction to the planets, and the focus on exploration offers a different, less structured approach to an exciting and active research field, that will appeal to the interested non-specialist as well as students in the field.” (Astronomy & Geophysics, 2012)
“I highly recommend the accessible and very informative book Exploring the Solar System by Peter Bond, to undergraduate students in science or in non-science related fields, and anyone in the general public seeking an understandable yet comprehensive overview of the Solar System. This book provides the up to the minute information about the Sun's family that will enrich your understanding of science in general, and outer space in particular.” (Blog Business Word, 31 March 2012)
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