Exploring Planetary Climate:
A History of Scientific Discovery on Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan
Cambridge University Press, 2019, 332 pp., Hardcover, $54.99. www.cambridge.org
This book chronicles the history of climate science and planetary exploration, focusing on our ever-expanding knowledge of Earth’s climate, and the parallel research underway on some of our nearest neighbors: Mars, Venus and Titan. From early telescopic observation of clouds and ice caps on planetary bodies in the seventeenth century, to the dawn of the space age and the first robotic planetary explorers, the book presents a comprehensive chronological overview of planetary climate research, right up to the dramatic recent developments in detecting and characterizing exoplanets. Meanwhile, the book also documents the discoveries about our own climate on Earth, not only about how it works today, but also how profoundly different it has been in the past. Highly topical and written in an accessible and engaging narrative style, this book provides invaluable historical context for students, researchers, professional scientists, and those with a general interest in planetary climate research.