Habitable Planets for Man

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First edition (publ. Random House)

Habitable Planets For Man is a work by Stephen Dole originally published for the US Government contractor RAND Corporation in 1964 with input from Isaac Asimov. It was republished in a posthumous second edition in 2007, as Planets for Man.[1] The 174-page book contains a detailed scientific study on the nature of worlds that may support life in the universe, the probability of their existence, and ways of finding them,[2][3] including assessments of 14 stars within 22 light years with a relatively high probability of having habitable planets (a collective probability of 43%).[4][5] Writing in a Scientific American blog in 2011, Caleb Scharf called it "extraordinarily detailed and prescient".[2]

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  1. ^ Stephen H. Dole (1970). Habitable Planets for Man (2nd ed.). New York: American Elsevier. 
  2. ^ a b Caleb A. Scharf (September 13, 2011). "The Habitable Planets". Life Unbounded, Scientific American. 
  3. ^ "Planet Life". Science Notes, The New York Times. July 12, 1964. 
  4. ^ William C. Saslaw (December 1964). "Review: Habitable Planets for Man by Stephen H. Dole". American Scientist. 52 (4): 466A–477A. JSTOR 27839216. 
  5. ^ Joe W. Tyson (June 1965). "Review: Habitable Planets for Man by Stephen H. Dole". The Quarterly Review of Biology. 40 (2): 229. JSTOR 2819795. doi:10.1086/404644.