After the publication of the popular first edition, planetary and stellar scientists have produced numerous new theories, observations, and interpretations, including the “demotion” of our previous ninth planet Pluto as a dwarf planet. Including all of these new discoveries, Planetary Science: The Science of Planets around Stars, 2nd Edition, (PDF) describes the science associated with the planets, the stars they encircle, and the interactions between them. It studies the formation, evolution, and death of stars and the properties of the Sun that affect the planets of the Solar System. Together with more problems, this second edition includes new material and improves some analytical treatments.
The ebook consists of two main components. For students unaware of stellar properties or the overall structure of the Solar System, the first section gives a general picture of the system as a whole and the relationships of the bodies within it. It offers an overview of the nature of stars and the Solar System in addition to important results obtained by scientific analysis.
A second component is a group of 43 appendices describing the majority of the underlying science needed to explain the main features of the Solar System. These appendices include a variety of specialized topics, from mineralogy to the mechanical interactions of radiation and matter.
End-of-chapter problems provide students a quantitative understanding of stellar and solar system phenomena. The ebook shows how useful estimates of various quantities can be made even when features of the system are not known with any accuracy. While the problems can be solved with a hand calculator, students are motivated to use the Fortran computer programs provided on the ebook’s CRC Press web page. Avoiding extra details, this textbook provides a comprehensive account of stellar and planetary topics. It is appropriate for students from a range of disciplines, including geology, astronomy, and earth sciences. The ebook provides students with an understanding of the nature of the Solar System and the impacts that govern its behavior, helping them develop an appreciation of the forces that can impact our planet in the future.
“… a very inclusive introduction to planetary science addressed to first-level students or self-learning readers. The key chapters provide pieces of information about topics relevant to solar planets and exoplanets and are complemented by appendices, which give a broader astrophysical and physical context to these topics. … the ebook should be considered by lecturers as a good textbook for planetary science courses at schools and universities all over the world.” ― Pure and Applied Geophysics, March 2014
“The ebook is an unusual combination of an account at a well-liked and very readable level of the origin of the solar system and some very comprehensive calculations concerning the basic physics that underpin all the processes. All learners of the subject will find this later part helpful. There are also many problems included that university students doing a formal course would find very valuable.” ― Iwan Williams, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London
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