Niall Deacon is an astronomy researcher and writer, and lives in Heidelberg, Germany with his wife and two guinea pigs.
This is a truly entertaining and informative book, but the reason I'm giving it the full five stars has as much to do with the refreshing novelty of the author's style as anything else. There's novelty in the subject-matter too--the wide variety of recently discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars. . . . He's a professional astronomer too, though you wouldn't guess that from his writing style, which is as straightforward and lucid as science writing gets. -- Popular Science (UK) A wonderfully enjoyable tour of twenty diverse worlds that orbit distant stars. Deacon uses simple ideas from science to show us how each world has its own personality--its own story. Twenty Worlds is an accessible introduction to some of the most exciting discoveries in astronomy. --Michael E. Summers, professor of planetary sciences and astronomy, George Mason University This is the perfect book to introduce exoplanet science. . . . But Twenty Worlds is not really for those who want to find out more about any one of the planets covered. Rather it reveals what each of them represents to the field in general. Its real value is in the analogies that Deacon uses to clarify difficult and complex exoplanetary scientific methods to the reader. Nowhere will you find a more descriptive book to understand the processes used to learn about the existence of these worlds. Five stars. -- BBC Sky at Night Magazine