Maunder’s Work on Planetary Habitability in 1913: Early Use of the term “Habitable Zone” and a “Drake Equation” Calculation

  title={Maunder’s Work on Planetary Habitability in 1913: Early Use of the term “Habitable Zone” and a “Drake Equation” Calculation},
  author={Ralph D. Lorenz},
  • R. Lorenz
  • Published 2 June 2020
  • Physics, Geology
E. W. Maunder's popular book "Are the Planets Inhabited?" has a strikingly modern perspective on the question, and may be the first use in this context of the phrase "habitable zone." 
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