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The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    An amazing look at the sun, its effects on our planet, civilization and where the sun is taking us.

    The Sun's Heartbeat had my full interest from the beginning to the absolute end. At first Berman digs into the past, as he talks about the first discoveries of the planets, telescope, sun spots and the even the birth of our solar system and sun. Naming those quirky little men, even those before and during Galileo's lifetime, who were at the forefront of scientific discoveries. Some of whom were never even given credit, and others who were burned at the stake for their discoveries. But the most interesting part of this book pertains to our sun, it's behaviors, cycles and magnetic polarity, mostly it's effects on our planet and weather in general. Berman has a unique style of presenting his conclusions, which I found to be down to earth and he is quite comical at times. I learned a lot from this book and it was a truly enjoyable and enlightening experience, even if I didn't agree with the information on vitamin D, and it's connection with Autism. Although Berman only touched on it lightly on this disorder. Autism is such a sensitive subject, I believe it's origins to be much more complicated than a lack of sunlight. I also believe the Swedish study Berman describes as flawed, since Autism has been always been around for hundreds of years, it was just undiagnosed. Many of those with the disorder being thrown into mental institutions depending on the patient and his degree of symptoms. Also, Autism sees no borders and even pregnant women living and children born in the tropics, who get more sun in a day, than we in the U.S. get in a week, are diagnosed with it. I think it could be more related to diet as a whole, and not the lack of vitamin D, itself. However this chapter on Vitamin D was quite interesting and I do agree with many things, including sunscreen being a bad thing, especially when it blocks the Vitamin D we naturally receive from the sun. The last chapter of this book "Tomorrow's Sun," contains information on the life of the sun, and scientific predictions on what scientist think will happen to it once it begins to die out. However that is billions of years away, yet not in the least less interesting. I would have loved reading this book in school, but then again, some of this information was not yet known to man. Maybe, if our school textbooks had been this interesting when I was a kid, I would have spent more time paying attention to my teacher, instead of looking out the window at the sky itself. The Sun's Heartbeat has information on the sun as a unit, magnetism, history of sun spots, how the sun brings death and life to our planet and much more. I did not feel these topics are dragged out in any way, nor did I find them boring. There are some things in his book that one may already know, however that is to be expected of any book one may read. If you have interest in the working of the sun, it's effects on our planet and solar system, then this is a book you will enjoy.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    An absolutely illuminating story of our Sun and it's impact on our earth

    Even my most favored subjects in science and history often take an inordinate amount of time to read and absorb, but this book was such a fascinating and well written story that I completed it in a single week.
    I recommend this book for anyone interested in our Sol and their enlightened "soul".
    A very easy and understandable read!
    Two thumbs up for Bob Berman and his creative writing prowess.
    Hort Steve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Amazing book

    I'm only a few chapters in and I find my self having a hard time putting this book down. Some books on astronomy I have a difficult time with complicated/technical words that the definitions the dictionary has doesn't help. That being said, this book is a fun and an enjoyable read where I dont find myself feeling confused about something and able to read. The thing I love most about this book is it gives so many interesting facts about the sun and how it impacts EVERYTHING on earth that you typical dont read in books or the internet unless you're intentionally looking for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Ra Ray

    I love it plus I'm scienceticpic

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    very enlighting

    didn't understand some of the terms but over all very interesting and informative...wfk

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