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One of Ten Billion Earths

How We Learn About Our Planet's past and Future from Distant Exoplanets
Written by: Karel Schrijver
Narrated by: Steve Menasche
Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Astronomy
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This audiobook explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of exoplanets far beyond it come together to help us understand the habitability of Earth, and how these findings guide the search for exoplanets that could support life. The author highlights how, within two decades of the discovery of the first planets outside the Solar System in the 1990s, scientists concluded that planets are so common that most stars are orbited by them.  

The lives of exoplanets and their stars are inextricably interwoven. Stars are the seeds around which planets form, and they provide light and warmth for as long as they shine. At the end of their lives, stars expel massive amounts of newly forged elements into deep space, and that ejected material is incorporated into subsequent generations of planets.  

How do we learn about these distant worlds? What does the exploration of other planets tell us about Earth? Can we find out what the distant future may have in store for us? What do we know about exoworlds and starbirth, and where do migrating hot Jupiters, polluted white dwarfs, and free-roaming nomad planets fit in? And what does all that have to do with the habitability of Earth, the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life, and the operation of the globe-spanning network of the sciences?

©2018 Karel Schrijver (P)2018 Tantor

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Great book

I was surprised this book had no reviews, and was worried a little bit due to this. However, I'm happy to report this is a great book. Very few audio books do I get all the way through, and this was one of them that I made it to the very end. I would recommend if you have some knowledge of astronomy and want to take it up a notch without needing the complex math and so on. My only downsides for the book: the reading was quite slow (setting the speed to 1.25x helped immensely) and I just wish it had even more about specific examples of exoplanets or something else to end with that maybe explored more types of possible worlds based on what's been found already. This is a challenge with all books in this narrow subject however -- new data is found every day, and its a field in its infancy.