Metascience https://doi.org/10.1007/s11016-018-0328-9 BOOK NOTE Lucas Ellerbroek: Planet Hunters. London: Reaktion Books, 2017, 267pp, £16.95 Shashi M. Kanbur Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Planet Hunters is a history of humanity’s search for planets outside our Solar System and implicitly the search for life elsewhere in the Universe apart from Earth. The book takes the reader from antiquity to the modern day: from Aristotle and Aristarchus through Brahe and Kepler to Mayor and Queloz and the Kepler and TESS satellites. The book starts with an introduction to Giordano Bruno, perhaps the ﬁrst person to consider an inﬁnite Universe and the prospect that other stars, like our Sun, may have planets. Bruno was imprisoned, tortured, and ﬁnally burned alive in an attempt to force him to recant his beliefs. Bruno was inspired by the work of Copernicus. The author traces the origins of Bruno’s thinking from Copernicus to Aristotle, though some of the contributions to the ‘‘Copernican revolution’’ from Islamic/ Indian/Chinese astronomers have been neglected in the book. The author then devotes the next two chapters to a fairly detailed voyage through the history of this ﬁeld, mentioning Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Christian Huygens and William
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