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Planet Formation: Theory, Observations, and Experiments by W. Brandner & H. Klahr

Planet Formation: Theory, Observations, and Experiments  



  • Wolfgang Brandner
  • Hubert Klahr 


  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0521860156
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.75 pounds


Book Description 

It is just over ten years since the first planet outside our solar system was detected. Since then, much work has focussed 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 recent advances in observational, experimental, and theoretical research, it summarises our current 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.  

About the Author(s)

Hubert Klahr is Head of the Theory Group for Planet and Star Formation, at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg Wolfgang Brandner is a staff researcher and Head of the Adaptive Optics Lab. at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg 



The Current State of the Art and Projections for the Future, August 4, 2006

I was really glad in reading this book on the formation of planets to see a few pages devoted to Galileo. As the discoverer of the planet Neptune (it was nearby Jupiter which was his real interest) he deserves to be mentioned. As the victum of the power of the Roman Catholic church he pioneered the scientific approach to cosmology.

But I digress.

This is a book that summarizes the ten years since the first extra solar system planets were discovered. It is the result of a conference held in Bavaria in late 2004. Unlike many books giving reports of such conferences this one is not just a reprinting of the delivered papers. In this book a conscious effort was made to present a conscise and accurate picture of current planet formation theory, experiment and observations. The chapters are written by some heavy-hitters in the field and are more general in nature than just a summary of their current research.

In an amusing note, the book is dedicated to Slartibartfast of Magrathea, the one and only true planet formation specialist. He was, I’m sure you remember, the designer of planets, famous for creating the fjords found on the coast of Norway, as explained to the rest of us by Douglas Adams in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’