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“Professor Jayawardhana is an award-winning science writer and an eminent planet-hunter, and so is the perfect person to write an accessible guidebook to the new worlds we're discovering in our galaxy. He explains how many of those discovered so far are pretty exotic, bloated and massive or scorchingly close to their sun, and how we've even had our first weather report for another world. But what's most exciting is that this book explains how we now have within our grasp the ability to spot a true twin of Earth.” -- BBC Focus
"Anyone scanning the shelves today to learn about such urgent news from the universe should go directly 'J' and take down Ray Jayawardhana's Strange New Worlds. It begins with early speculation by ancient thinkers but moves quickly to a series of seemingly promising discoveries, beginning 160 years ago, that raised researchers' hopes only to frustrate them. . . . [R]eading Strange New Worlds, I felt the thrill of briefly sharing in the efforts of these planet-seeking scientists and seeing the universe through their eyes."--Mike Brown, Wall Street Journal
"We are in the midst of a veritable golden age of discovery... Ray Jayawardhana provides here a dramatic account of how this story has unfolded over the years - and you won't find a more able guide for the journey. He is an eminent astrophysicist and planet hunter himself, and is an award-winning science writer. This combination of the insider's expert perspective and storyteller's skill really shines through in Strange New Worlds." -- Times Higher Education"In Strange New Worlds, Ray Jayawardhana surveys how 15 years of exoplanet discovery has changed astrophysics... His lucid and effortless prose makes for an engaging read." - Chris Tinney, Nature
I just had to buy it for class, read it here and there to finish chpater reviews and what not in college.Published 18 months ago by Sashanoya
A Christmas Gift for Grandson, he said he is reading it and will refer to it for a larger picture throughout his life. It is as deep as you want to absorb the contents. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kat Blue
The significance of the work may be summed up in the first chapter, Quest for Other Worlds. Ray Jawawardhana is on a guest to find habitable planets with the hope that one of them... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by D. Wayne Dworsky
This is a general audience book about one of the most exciting astronomical developments of our time -- the emergence of our ability to detect the presence of planets outside our... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Doctor Moss
I picked this book up from the library with the intent to see if I could learn some more on what could be a fairly dry topic, even by the standards of astronomy related. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by cdfrombc
RLK Sri Lanka
I found the book to be remarkably readable and interesting for such a specialized subject. Read more
In this sweeping account, the author guides the reader on a tour of current scientific developments in planetary science: from theories on how solar systems can form to techniques... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by George Poirier
This is a short but comprehensive discussion of the search for earthlike planets around stars. It is factual and builds the case for other planetary systems like ours to be... Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Douglas A. O'HANDLEY