"Paul Halpern leads us through an interplanetary adventure as we seek out new planets, brilliant stars, and extraterrestrial life forms. The only book of its kind to detail the important discoveries of""Paul Halpern leads us through an interplanetary adventure as we seek out new planets, brilliant stars, and extraterrestrial life forms. The only book of its kind to detail the important discoveries of"Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. This book is in impressive condition; it is VERY tight, bright and clean. It is NOT an ex-library book. An amazing journey throughout the universe in a search for other planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Paul Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the author of many trade science books, including The Cyclical Serpent, Countdown to the Apocalypse, and The Pursuit of Destiny. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-29 The scientific search for extraterrestrial life has been somewhat eclipsed by the hoopla about Roswell, UFO sightings and movie special effects. Yet in this sober study, Halpern (The Structure of the Universe) does his best to dramatize the quests for, and questions surrounding, alien life-forms beyond our world. Halpern follows the discoveries of planets and the elaboration of planetary theories from the time of Galileo and Newton to today, when radio telescopes scan the stars of distant galaxies. Also included are discussions of the minimum requirements for planets to sustain life in terms of size, orbits and chemical composition, and the most likely places life-bearing planets might be found. Halpern's descriptions of various research projects, like those of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program, are rich in factual and historical detail as he takes the reader from the very earliest cosmic finds to the more recent discoveries of quasars, fermions and other galactic phenomena. He also devotes considerable attention to the folklore and popular culture that surround our understanding of other planets, and he includes sketches of scientists past and present. His book is a breath of fresh air on a subject crowded with crackpot theories and big-budget entertainment. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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