For the first time in human history, we know for certain the existence of planets around other stars. Now the fastest-growing field in space science, the time is right for this fundamental source book on the topic which will lay the foundation for its continued growth. Exoplanets serves as both an introduction for the non-specialist and a foundation for the techniques and equations used in exoplanet observation by those dedicated to the field.
From the Preface:
"Close to two decades since the first exoplanets were discovered, the field of exoplanets has grown without bound. So many surprising discoveries have been made that by now we know to expect the unexpected. I always like to say that, for exoplanets, anything is possible within the laws of physics and chemistry. And, when asked about which planet or discovery is my favorite one, I like to reply that it is the next one, because in exoplanets, the best is yet to come. I hope you, the reader, will use this book to learn about whichever subdiscipline interests you and to build your knowledge to play a role in the future of exoplanet research."--Sara Seager