- Hardcover: 663 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (August 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521853710
- ISBN-13: 978-0521853712
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The second edition keeps pace with the new discoveries in planetary science. It still has the classic figures and tables, but it also has spectacular new images and new theories. More space is devoted to derivations, so students can learn the material on their own. The book works at many levels, and I will continue to use it in my courses.' Andrew P. Ingersoll, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology
'Planetary Sciences presents a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating and expanding field at a level ... The book explains the wide variety of physical, chemical and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets ... a very useful book ... an excellent textbook for anyone studying astronomy and planetary geology ... a rich source of knowledge ... Highly recommended.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight
'... a comprehensive overview of the planetary science field ...' Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
'... the book is essentially excellent. Given their formidable task, de Pater and Lissauer have done as good a job as can be imagined, and I can't imagine two other authors doing a better job on a first edition ... this book could serve as a valuable introduction to aspects of planetary science that graduate students might never study at all ... the discussions are generally so comprehensive and up-to-date that active scientists will find the individual chapters to be excellent 'primers' on subjects outside their formal training. There really is no other book at this level like Planetary Sciences.' William B. McKinnon, EOS
'... a massive achievement, and the well-considered problems and exercises at the end of each chapter will be particularly useful to students and to test one's own understanding.' William B. Hubbard, Physics Today
'The illustrations and images are excellently produced ... This hardback volume should serve the degree student well throughout their years of study.' Popular Astronomy
An authoritative introduction for graduate students in the physical sciences, this textbook has been substantially updated and improved. With over 300 exercises, it is ideal for courses in astronomy, planetary science and earth science. Color versions of many figures and movie clips supplementing the text are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521853712.
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After a nice introductory chapter comes the first test for this book: a 20-page chapter on dynamics with 5 pages of exercises. And this book does a great job. It explains Lagrangian points, orbital resonances, the chaotic nature of the orbit of Pluto, tides, the Yarkovski effect, and so on. And it just gets better after that, with more than 70 pages on planetary atmospheres (structure, composition, clouds, winds, photochemistry, escape). This is followed by hefty sections on planetary surfaces, planetary interiors, and planetary magnetospheres, each of which discuss the individual planets and satellites separately.
Next is a chapter on meteorites, along with radiometric dating. A chapter on asteroids: their orbits, size distribution, collisional evolution, surfaces, structures, and asteroid observing techniques. And a chapter on comets, including their origins and constraints on planetary system formation theories.
We return to dynamics for the ensuing chapter, on planetary rings: thicknesses, resonances, density waves, and shepherding. Following that is a chapter on planet formation, followed by a short concluding chapter on extrasolar planets.
The exercises are instructive and useful throughout. I learned a great deal of material from this book, even though it was nowhere near my first exposure to planetary science.