In this title, bestselling author Marcus Chown leads us on a grand tour through the incredible diversity of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft that surround the Sun in our cosmic backyard. Illuminating his insightful and surprising text are a wealth of beautiful images and diagrams, printed in full colour, richly detailed and accurately based on real scientific data. A perfect gift for anyone with an interest in astromy, The Solar System allows the imagination to roam free from Mercury to Pluto and beyond.
Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His most recent book is We Need to Talk About Kelvin and he also wrote the digital book Solar System. The Times said of his bestseller Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, 'readers will experience happy eureka moments.' His previous book, The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead, was called 'a limousine among popular science vehicles' by the Guardian, 'a masterpiece' by Astronomy Now, and described as 'like being at a party ... with an almost perfect DJ' in the Independent. Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.