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Planets : a very short introduction

by David A Rothery

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Planets: a very short introduction by David A. Rothery   (2014-05-01)


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by wppalmer

Review of Planets: a very short introduction by David A. Rothery.

CITATION: Rothery, D. A. (2010). Planets: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.

The series of books published by Oxford University Press are short, well written, up-to-date books giving the latest information about more than 250 different topics. With scientific topics, the rate at which knowledge of an area changes can be very fast. In the case of this particular book on the planets, this is very much the case, with a large amount of information only being discovered in the past ten years. As this book was written in 2010, much new information will have been discovered by now (2014) and may already be in need of revision. The author himself hints that there is a tendency for internet web sites to be more up-to-date than books. The main chapters in this 135 page book are:

1. The solar system
2. Rocky planets
3. Giant planets
4. Giant planets’ satellites and rings
5. Asteroids
6. Trans-Neptunian objects
7. Exoplanets
Further reading

There are 25 black and white illustrations and 8 tables. Rothery explains why Pluto is no longer considered as a planet and provides the reader with a vast amount of information about our solar system.

‘Planets: a very short introduction’ by David A. Rothery is highly recommended for the general reader to update himself on the mysteries of the solar system.


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