The Sun: A User's Manual / Edition 1

The Sun: A User's Manual / Edition 1

by Claudio Vita-Finzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402068808

ISBN-13: 9781402068805

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

The Sun is an account of the many ways in which our nearest star affects our planet, how its influence has changed over the last few centuries and millennia, and the extent to which we can predict its future impact. The Sun's rays foster the formation of Vitamin D by our bodies, but can also promote skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations in our DNA. Besides providing…  See more details below

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The Sun is an account of the many ways in which our nearest star affects our planet, how its influence has changed over the last few centuries and millennia, and the extent to which we can predict its future impact. The Sun's rays foster the formation of Vitamin D by our bodies, but can also promote skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations in our DNA. Besides providing the warmth and light essential to most animal and plant life, solar energy contributes substantially to global warming. Although the charged particles of the solar wind shield us from harmful cosmic rays, solar storms may damage artificial satellites and cripple communication systems and computer networks. The Sun is the ideal renewable energy source, but its exploitation is still bedevilled by the problems of storage and distribution. Our nearest star, in short, is a complex machine which needs to be treated with caution, and this book will equip every reader with the knowledge that is required to understand the benefits and dangers it can bring.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402068805
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 Looking at the Sun 1

2 Inside the Sun 25

3 The Changeable Sun 43

4 Sun and Climate 61

5 Sun and Life 79

6 Sun and Health 91

7 Space Weather 107

8 Solar Energy 121

Endnotes 135

References 143

Index 151

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