Preface; 1. The quest begins; 2. Infinity and beyond; 3. New arrivals in the Solar System; 4. Why stars wobble; 5. Neutron planets; 6. Brown dwarfs in the headlines; 7. Sirens in the cosmos; 8. Foreign planets different to our home-grown ones; 9. Destination: earths!; 10. Further yet: life.
An account of the successful search for planets outside our Solar System.
Michel Mayor is Director of the Observatory of Geneva, Switzerland. In 1995, together with Didier Queloz, he discovered the first extrasolar planet (51 Peg b) around a main sequence star, and has discovered many more since. His work earned him the prestigious Balzan Prize in 2000, for Instrumentation and Techniques in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Pierre-Yves Frei is a science journalist with the Swiss newspaper, Lausanne Hebdo. In 1998 he was awarded the Media Prize of the Swiss Natural Sciences Academy for science popularisation.
'Mayor and Frei present an account of this remarkable transformation that is personal, comprehensive and at all times understandable.' Nature 'Find a space on your bookshelf for this one.' Astronomy Now '... an inspiring account of one of the most exciting fields of modern astronomy and therefore thoroughly recommended to anyone with the slightest interest in the possibility of life elsewhere in the Galaxy.' The Observatory