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on November 13, 2012
How do you build a planet that is capable of supporting life? What needs to happen to make this possible? In this revised, and greatly expanded, second edition the authors answer that question through a step-by-step guide. Each chapter builds on the next, starting from the beginning of the universe; to the very beginning of our solar system. The first edition was published in 1985, since then we have learned so much more about our planet and the universe around us. From plate tectonics, to exo-solar planets; even our understanding of the genetic code has improved. It is with great anticipation to read this work, for it brings together in one volume everything you need to know.
They cover all the major topics, but they keep it readable for the educated reader. You do not need to be a scientist to understand this book. It should be read by those people who want to more about how planets, stars, and solar systems form. The writing is precise, easy to read, with many pictures, graphs, and charts to help the reader. I hope that it is not twenty years before the next edition.