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The structure of the planets

Stevenson, David J. (1988) The structure of the planets. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 53 (1-2). pp. 183-184. ISSN 0031-9201. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130702-153415028

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Abstract

Think of a very talented and imaginative scientist, marooned on a desert island with nothing more than pencil and paper, a few facts (less than some planetary scientists carry in their heads) and a good intuition for basic physics. If so inclined, he or she might then produce a book like this. In these days of information overload and excessive reliance on computer modeling (especially among students), one has to admire the concept of John Elder’s book, even though his preface warns us that “…the other reader should regard the details of the numerical models with extreme skepticism” (I would have said outright disbelief). However, it is a concept that can fail upon implementation, more frequently than a conventional, dull monograph would fail. I have to report that in my view, this book is a failure, even though I continue to admire some aspects of Elder’s iconoclastic view of planetary science.


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Official Citation:David J. Stevenson, The structure of the planets: John Elder. Academic Press, London, 1987, £27.50, ISBN 0 122 36452 x, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Volume 53, Issues 1–2, December 1988, Pages 183-184, ISSN 0031-9201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0031-9201(88)90146-X. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003192018890146X)
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