A general theory of planet formation has been a topic of intense study over many years. The interest in such a theory emerges naturally from asking the question of where our planet came from. However, a general picture is also required which explains not only the planet Earth but the whole Solar System with its diverse planets. Moreover, after the first discovery of an exoplanet around a Sun-like star (Mayor and Queloz 1995) the exoplanet revolution added numerous additional constraints from thousands of systems of planets orbiting stars different than the Sun.

The goal of planet formation as...

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