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Fundamental Planetary Science

Physics, Chemistry and Habitability

Jack J. Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Center, Imke de Pater, University of California, Berkeley


A quantitative introduction to the Solar System and planetary systems science for advanced undergraduate students, this engaging textbook explains the wide variety of physical, chemical and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets. The authors provide an overview of our current knowledge and discuss some of the unanswered questions at the forefront of research in planetary science and astrobiology today. This updated edition contains the latest data, new references and planetary images and an extensively rewritten chapter…

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  • Offers a detailed discussion of the physical and chemical processes that shape planets and planetary systems
  • Provides a broad-based and up-to-date introduction to planetary studies appropriate for advanced undergraduate students
  • Includes hundreds of problems to help students learn how to apply the concepts covered
  • The authors' previous textbook Planetary Sciences was awarded the Chambliss Prize for Writing from the American Astronomical Society

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