12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

93%

93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Planetary systems : detection, formation and ha...
View graph of relations

« Back

Planetary systems : detection, formation and habitability of extrasolar planets.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Published

Journal publication date27/10/2010
JournalContemporary Physics
Journal number6
Volume51
Number of pages2
Pages561-562
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Are we alone in the Universe? Or are there myriads of other habitable worlds teeming with life and intelligence? These are questions of long standing, going back at least to the ancient Greeks, e.g. Epicurus (341–270 BC) who opined: ‘There are infinite worlds similar to and different from our own’. Until the end of the twentieth century, however, all was speculation because the necessary observational techniques did not exist. It is only very recently, in the last decade, that the situation has started to change. Although we still cannot answer the questions about life, there has been an avalanche of evidence pointing to the existence of exoplanets, i.e. extra-solar planets in orbits around other stars. The authors have set out to provide a detailed snapshot of this rapidly developing research field at a particularly exciting moment in its evolution.

Bibliographic note

Review of book "Planetary Systems: Detection, Formation and Habitability of Extrasolar Planets, by M. Ollivier, T. Encrenaz, F. Roques, F. Selsis and F. Casoli.