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Seeking Planetary Systems

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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1832
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1832a

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Looking for Earths The Race to Find New Solar Systems. Alan Boss. Wiley, New York, 1998. 252 pp. $27.95, C$39.50. ISBN 0-471-18421-7.

Written for a general audience, this account of the colorful history of the search for extrasolar planets is presented from the perspectives of a quasi-insider, a theorist who is interested in and has influenced the observational efforts to identify planets in orbit about stars other than the sun.