Friday, September 23, 2011

Book Review - Strange New Worlds


If you wanted to know how to look for Earth-like planets and other solar systems, or just want to explore the galaxy of worlds out there; this is the book to read.

Ray Jayawardhana is a professor and award winning science writer and when reading Strange New Worlds you can see why. The book takes you on a path of discovery from the earliest ideas about exoplanets to the most up to date findings in the rapidly advancing field of discovery and classification. He easily explains the different methods used for exoplanets detection while pointing out the hardships taking the reader through a journey of the scientific process.

It is also a fantastic story of collaboration with credit given to amateurs and academic, graduate students and professors. He also includes some personal insight from his own early discoveries and takes the reader through the excitement of discovery through to the rewards of publication.

This Popular-science book brings you up to date ideas in one of the fastest moving fields of research today. It does not skimp on the scientific details but puts the reader in a position of easy comprehension. The chapters are short with a number of sub-chapters that outline the past, present and future of exoplanetary discovery clearly with compelling descriptions and fantastic storytelling.

It is a refreshing read that presents the most up tp date ideas in a new but increasingly expanding field of research. You will not be able to put it down.

I whole heartedly recommend this book. It is a true journey that fits remarkably well with the iconic words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the opening credits of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
“… Its continuing mission: to explore Strange New Worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!”



You can by Ray Jayawardhana's Strange New Worlds on Amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-New-Worlds-Search-Planets/dp/0691142548/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316778022&sr=8-1
or at waterstones
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/ray+jayawardhana/strange+new+worlds/8416948/