Envisioning Exoplanets: Searching for Life in the Galaxy

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Product Details

Price
$34.95  $32.50
Publisher
Smithsonian Books
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
8.4 X 9.5 X 0.9 inches | 2.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781588346919
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About the Author

MICHAEL CARROLL is an award-winning space artist and science writer with thirty books in print. A recipient of the AAS Department of Planetary Science's Jonathan Eberhart Award for best planetary science article of the year, Carroll is also a member of the NASA Arts Program and the recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts.

Reviews

BOOKLIST
Starred Review. "The most outstanding feature of this book is its high-quality, full-color pictures that include artistic renderings of scientifically accurate exoplanets. Envisioning Exoplanets coherently weaves together several themes in a coffee-table-style book that is likely to draw in and captivate readers for hours. Recommended for general readers, including those in middle school and high school."

WALL STREET JOURNAL
"This timely treatment of extrasolar planets features splendid reproductions of paintings whose fusion of fact and imagination immerses the viewer in alien landscapes. Dramatic lighting and panoramic vistas are the norm. The text spells out various methods by which astronomers discover exoplanets, explores the surface conditions of so-called Super-Earths and Hot Jupiters, and poses arguments for and against the existence of lifeforms beyond Earth."

THE SPACE REVIEW
"The real draw of the book, though, is the art. [The illustrations] stir the imagination, showing both how strange the universe is but also, potentially, how familiar some exoplanets may be. And, they let one wonder what else is out there, yet to be discovered."

FORBES
"In the end, the book's real value is for its unique illustrations. So often the general public is bombarded with facts about the sizes and chemical makeup of these far-flung worlds but with little understanding of how these bodies actually look from ground level. [...] Envisioning Exoplanets offers a convincing artistic preview from this burgeoning field of exoplanetary science." --Bruce Dorminey

LEONARD DAVID'S INSIDE OUTER SPACE
"This captivating, coffee-table-style book is absorbing and chock-full of sidebar features that propel the book to an exceptional echelon contrasted to other books on this topic. If you don't have a coffee-table, get one to showcase this volume to friends and family! The text is written in a wonderful style, drawing upon Carroll's own wit and open-ended speculative mind, such as how hard is it to make life?; the search for biosignatures; and life in the extreme."