Stuart Ross Taylor’s first edition of this book was published a decade ago, and has become a standard reference for anyone interested in solar system evolution. It tackled the problems of planetary formation head on, unflinchingly, and in a mere 330 pages.

Much has happened in the sphere of planetary science since it was written: there have been new spacecraft missions to Mars, Venus, the Moon and the outer planets that have made major contributions to our knowledge; research into extra-terrestrial meteorites and small bodies has forged ahead; new theories of planet formation have emerged. This new edition is therefore...

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