Saturday, 15 February 2014

exoplanets and the power of science fiction

Just today listened to the podcast of the In Our Time on exoplanets - planets beyond our solar system - from last October. The most surprising thing to me in it was to discover that the first such planet was only discovered in the 1990s. My long exposure to over a hundred year's worth - and the rest - of science fiction meant that I had always assumed the existence of such planets, and it didn't occur to me that there was no evidence for them (other than 'why wouldn't there be?').