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Cambridge University Press
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September 2009
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When this book was published in 2006, it had been just over ten years since the first planet outside our solar system was detected. Since then, much work has focused on understanding how extrasolar planets may form, and discovering the frequency of potentially habitable Earth-like planets. This volume addresses fundamental questions concerning the formation of planetary systems in general, and of our solar system in particular. Drawing from advances in observational, experimental and theoretical research, it summarises our understanding of the planet formation processes, and addresses major open questions and research issues. Chapters are written by leading experts in the field of planet formation and extrasolar planet studies. The book is based on a meeting held at Ringberg Castle in Bavaria, where experts gathered together to present and exchange their ideas and findings. It is a comprehensive resource for graduate students and researchers, and is written to be accessible to newcomers to the field.


Review of the hardback:' ... carefully organized text ... represents a snapshot of the state of the art of the modern quest for the origins of the worlds. ... a definitive text for the shelves of researchers, students, and interested bystanders that should prove to be of considerable longevity. Even Slartibartfast and Douglas Adams, to whom this volume is dedicated, might find it handy.'

Source: Science

Review of the hardback:'This book brings together a wide range of planet-formation papers … written by some of the leading academics in planet-formation research. … the book covers the main research areas one would expect … as a concise reference and introduction to planet-formation research.'

Source: The Observatory

Review of the hardback:' … a very welcome contribution, helping the dynamicist understand the hazy limit between low-mass stars and planets, as well as discussing their differences in observational characteristics and probable formation process … this book is recommended for those researchers who, although fluent in Celestial Mechanics, wish to expand their knowledge on the physical aspects of cosmogony before embarking in this multi-disciplinary field.'

Source: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

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