One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198799894
ISBN-10: 0198799896
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"The book strikes a delicate balance between conveying complex ideas and remaining accessible to a non-technical reader. There are no equations, but there are extensive bibliographies for each chapter for further reading. I would recommend this book widely for its summarization of the state of many
sub-disciplines within exoplanet science and enlightening historical background." --Nature Astronomy

"The text is written in a light, narrative and yet scientific style and abstains from mathematical formalism or unnecessary jargon. It is interesting to read at any point, owing also to the view on the subject from different angles, including historical, cultural, technical and scientific aspects."
-- Contemporary Physics

"Karel Schrijver's lucid, fact-packed primer ranges over everything from the Goldilocks zone and stellar nurseries to disrupted exosystems and the vagaries of living on a pale blue dot." -- Nature

"Fascinating stuff." -- Concatenation

"A very readable and up-to-date account of the ongoing search and discovery of extra-solar planets throughout the Universe, with emphasis on finding those that resemble Earth to a greater or lesser degree, and those that may harbour some kind of life. -- Fred Taylor, University of Oxford

About the Author

Karel Schrijver, Astrophysicist, retired Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, USA

Karel Schrijver, is a stellar astrophysicist specialized in the study of the Sun and the space around it, stellar magnetism and its impacts on the environments of planets, and space weather. He was lead scientist and Principal Investigator on two of NASA's scientific spacecraft studying the Sun:
TRACE and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. He (co-)authored over 200 research publications and articles. He wrote a textbook on solar and stellar magnetism, was lead editor on the five-volume series of Heliophysics books, and co-authored a popular science book entitled Living with the Stars (OUP,
2015) about the connections between the human body, the Earth, the planets, and the stars.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 2, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0198799896
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0198799894
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.77 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.6 x 1.1 x 5.8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 9 ratings
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KAREL SCHRIJVER ( is an astrophysicist who studies the Sun and stars like it, and their impacts on planets, using mainly space-based telescopes such as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. He has published popular science books as well as science fiction. Whether in his professional work or in fiction, science is an important part of his life, but so are traveling around the world and hiking wherever nature offers striking views and abundant wildlife. He lives near Portland, OR, with his wife, Iris, and their dog Mioko.

His first fiction book, IMMERSION, is a sci-fi novel that blends science and fiction across times and locations as the cast of characters traverses boundaries of consciousness between real and virtual worlds spanning six centuries. The standalone sequel, THE WHITE PRISON, follows a crew to Saturn's moon Enceladus where they encounter an alien life form that has been encased in the ice-covered water world for a very long time, and for a very good reason.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense but fascinating
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4.0 out of 5 stars Part narrative, part scientific, always interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guide to exoplanets
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