David Mytton

Book Review (4/5) – The Search For Earth’s Twin (Stuart Clark)

Published (updated: ) in Book Reviews.

Originally published on Goodreads.

The first chapter starts by introducing the key scientific principles and methods used for the detection and analysis of exoplanets which provides a good, basic foundation on which the rest of the book is set.

It is written as a story, telling the history of exoplanet discoveries, including the skepticism and politics that has been involved over the years. It’s surprising to read about how much the competitive nature of what goes on in science affects people’s funding, paper reviews and even ability to get time on telescopes. Even science is subject to the whims of human nature and disagreements have caused years of setbacks to discoveries. I wonder how much further ahead many other fields of science might be as well.

It is not a particularly technical book and so is a good way to understand where we’ve come from and how drastically the field of exoplanetary research has progressed.

As a side note, I was disappointed at the number of typos! It could do with some proper proofreading.