Sun: A Biography

Sun: A Biography

by David Whitehouse
     
 

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In The Sun, David Whitehouse takes us on a journey to the heart of our local star and beyond, relating how it was born, the many ways it influences life on Earth and how it will die. He recounts the many myths surrounding the Sun and the fascinating stories of scientists throughout history who have attempted to discover its secrets – occasionally at

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In The Sun, David Whitehouse takes us on a journey to the heart of our local star and beyond, relating how it was born, the many ways it influences life on Earth and how it will die. He recounts the many myths surrounding the Sun and the fascinating stories of scientists throughout history who have attempted to discover its secrets – occasionally at the price of their lives.

The Sun explores the role of the sun for those on Earth, from the earliest civilizations that worshipped it, through its emulation in art and literature to the present day. He describes the inferno at its core, the magnetic chaos of its surface and the furthest reaches of its atmosphere that stretches beyond the planets out into the galaxy. Within our lifetime he considers that changes in the sun will become noticeable, an issue that we ignore at our peril.

Finally, David Whitehouse speculates on the future of life on Earth with a Sun that must ultimately turn into a red giant. From its birth in a cloud of gas and dust, its long lifetime nurturing life on our own planet, to its death as a cosmic cinder, this is our Sun’s story.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...Reading this...immensely entertaining work of pop science makes us aware of ...the power of the sun..." (The Herald - Glasgow, 8th January 2005)

"...Whitehouse appears to have explored every possible avenue, and I can only guess at the enormous amount of research this must have required..." (New Scientist, 29th January 2005)

"...a staggering range of content...offering a plethora of facts and a fascinating read..." (Good Book Guide, February 2005)

"...intelligent, safety-goggles-on look at that without-which star that's intrigued humankind since day one...wide-ranging and excellent." (Insight - Brighton, March 2005)

"...the birth, life, and death of the Sun are carefully considered, exactly as you would expect in any excellent biography. Which is exactly what this book is..." (The Observatory, August 05)

"...a shining example of the way in which main sequence stars such as ours begin, spend, and end their sunny days..." (The Age, Sept 05)

"...well-written and enjoyable..." (Times Educational Supplement, November 4th 05)

"...well written and enjoyable...a useful addition to any teacher's fountain of knowledge..." (Times Educational Supplement - Scotland, 4th November 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470092965
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/14/2005
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David Whitehouse is a Science Correspondent for the BBC and Science Editor of BBC News Online, in addition to writing regularly for leading newspapers and magazines. He frequently broadcasts on both TV and radio and has also presented a science series for BBC TV.

Prior to joining the BBC he was a space scientist and astronomer at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, and at the world famous Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory. He has won two Glaxo Science Writing awards and five European Netmedia awards, including the prestigious European Journalist of the Year. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. His first book, the Moon: A biography was published by Headline in 2001.

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