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Strange New Worlds

The Search For Alien Planets And Life Beyond Our Solar System

by Ray Jayawardhana

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We are living in an extraordinary age of discovery. Aftermillennia of musings and a century of false claims, astronomershave found hundreds of planets around other starssince 1995. These discoveries have surprised us and challengedour views many times over. At the crux of the astronomers’pursuit is one basic question: Is our solar system, with planetsin circular orbits, gas giants in the outer realm and at least onewarm, wet, rocky world teeming with life, the exception or thenorm? It’s an important question for every one of us. Astronomersexpect to find alien earths by the dozens within the nextthree years, and to take their spectra, looking for telltale signs oflife, before this decade is out. If they succeed, the ramificationsfor all areas of human thought and endeavour—from religionand philosophy to art and biology—are profound, if not revolutionary.What’s at stake is a true measure of our own place inthe cosmos.

In Strange New Worlds, renowned astronomer Ray Jayawardhanabrings the latest news from the forefront of research,including some of his own findings, and tells a tale richin history and personalities.

About the Author

Ray Jayawardhana

RAY JAYAWARDHANA is a professor at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Canada Research Chair in observational astrophysics.His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and Scientific American, among other publications. The recipient of the 2003 Science Writing Award for a Scientist from the American Institute of Physics, he is the author of Strange New Worlds, named one of Library Journal’s best science books of 2011 and finalist for the Lane Anderson Award for science writing. Jayawardhana lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Visit him online at http://www.rayjay.net.
TWITTER: @DrRayJay

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