The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun

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Overview

The Sun is our powerhouse, sustaining life on Earth, energizing our planet, and fueling the engine of life. Its warmth drives our weather, lifting water from the seas, and producing winds that drive clouds over the continents. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun is the fundamental, up-to-date reference source of information about this life-enhancing star, covering everything from basic facts to detailed concepts. Organized thematically, chapters feature: -the properties of the Sun as a star -the Sun's place in the Galaxy and the Universe -the science of the Sun's interior -the sun's visible disk -what makes the sun shine. Kenneth Lang also explains solar flares and the solar wind, and their impact on the Earth. Many full-color figures and photographs throughout the book make all the information highly accessible. Kenneth R. Lang is a professor of astronomy in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He is the author of several astrophysics books including Wanderers in Space (Cambridge, 1991), Sun, Earth and Sky (Copernicus, 1997), and The Sun from Space (Springer Verlag, 2000).

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"Illustrations are numerous, well chosen, and colorful, and many readers will probably find the 37-page glossary useful." Sky & Telescope

"Written by an astronomer and award-winning author of numerous books and articles...It is written in a clear style with a minimum of equations...The volume is well illustrated...the index that concludes the volume is quite detailed." BOOKLIST Dec 2001

"Lang answers the age old question "Why does the sun shine?" in this clearly written, up-to-date, informative text.... [T]his is a wonderful current, comprehensive companion to the study of the sun that would be a solid addition to any academic reference collection...." Choice

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Students and astronomers who can handle some chemical and mathematical notation will find that the text is actually quite enjoyable reading—not to mention the great images from SOHO (the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory). Lang (astronomy, Tufts University) has a charming way of using simple questions (e.g., "what makes the sun shine?") to draw readers into his discussions of the sun's physical characteristics, its place in the Milky Way, the mystery of solar neutrinos, helioseismology, the magnetic solar atmosphere, solar flares and winds, geomagnetic storms and terrestrial auroras, and ground- and space-based observations. A glossary is appended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521780933
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth R. Lang is Professor of Astronomy at Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Sun's Domain: Part II. The Sun as a Star: Part III. What Makes the Sun Shine?: Part IV. Inside the Sun: Part V. The Magnetic Solar Atmosphere: Part VI. The Explosive Sun: Part VII. The Sun's Winds: Part VIII. The Sun's Impact on Earth: Part IX. Observing the Sun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

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    Good interesting, but I would have called it the Textbook of the Sun. Slightly technical, too.

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