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This book is suitable for the layperson, although it does occassionally get a bit technical. Readers who enjoy the narration of the stories about the scientists as they uncovered the science will like this book.
The Exoplanet Handbook
by Michael Perryman
This book is aimed at the advanced undergraduate student or graduate student with a strong background in physics and is also an excellent resource for researchers in the field. A wide breadth of topics is covered with comprehensive references to the literature. Even if some of the material becomes outdated in the future, it will be a good starting point for following the literature trail.
This book is aimed at both the layperson and readers with a background in physics. The approach is that the main text is geared towards the layperson, and a separate section later in the book is written to give a more technical presentation for readers comfortable with the necessary math and physics.
Exoplanets (Space Science Series)
by Sara Seager
This book is only suitable for graduate students (or advanced undergraduate students) of physics, and physicists and astrophysicists. It is a compilation of research papers by some of the most eminent researchers in exoplanet science. Each papers covers a particular topic in detail and summarizes the state of the art of research on that topic as it was in 2010. Even though the research papers are individually available online, it is an excellent convenient resource for researchers in the field.
by Carole A. Haswell
This book is suitable for undergraduate students with a prerequisite of physics beyond high-school level. The focus is definitely geared to the physics of transiting exoplanets, as opposed to exoplanets in general. The presentations are generally very clear, with lots of opportunities for problem-solving. The books is also a good introduction for scientists who want to enter the field.
Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems
by Tahir Yaqoob
This book is aimed primarily at the layperson, but there are comprehensive annoted notes throughout the text for readers who have some background in physics. There are also references to the literature for readers who have the knowledge and experience required to follow up on the text with the original literature. Note that the Kindle version of the book cover (pictured above) is different to the cover of the paperback version. A free sample of the book can be downloaded using the button below:
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