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The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System
by David Baker and Todd Ratcliff
Harvard University Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-674-04998-7
Library of Congress Classification QB502.B345 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 559.9

Baker & Ratcliff, experts in planetary science, feel there is no better way to showcase the grandeur, the weirdness, or the awe-inspiring aspects of science than through an exploration of extreme places and events right here in our own Solar System. Their goal is to bring that “wow” factor to the reader and to show how that awe inspires the continual quest for knowledge. The book emphasizes science as a dynamic process of exploration and discovery. It highlights exciting developments and features mind-blowing images of NASA's most recent observations. Throughout the book, extreme places are contrasted with those on Earth to connect the reader with more familiar settings. Each individual section strives to answer the most important scientific question of all – “Why?” In many cases, this question remains unsettled due to lack of evidence or newly emerging discoveries. Baker and Ratcliff present leading hypotheses for these unresolved mysteries and offer some provocative possibilities.

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