The Sun, which is our own star at the center of the Solar System, gives rise to all life on Earth and is the driver of photosynthesis in plants and the source of all food and energy for living things. As seen with the naked eye, the Sun appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is a stormy and ever-changing star that contributes much more than light and heat. For example, it is the source of the beautiful northern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways. Our Explosive Sun: A Visual Feast of our Source of Light and Life is a great introduction to the Sun for general readers as well as scientists who are not solar physicists. The book presents the basic properties of the Sun, describes how it has fascinated humans throughout history, and shows how it influences our current technologies. The book includes a large number of illustrations and video materials for SpringerExtras, along with a PowerPoint presentation that provides a useful resource for teachers and lectures.
|Publisher:||Springer New York|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2012|
|Product dimensions:||7.99(w) x 7.99(h) x (d)|
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Table of Contents
Preface.- Chapter 1: A Star Among Billions.- Chapter 2: The Sun's Location in the Solar System.- Chapter 3: The Structure of the Sun.- Chapter 4: How Do We Study the Sun?.-Chapter 5: The Sun - A Variable Star.- Chapter 6: The Northern Lights and Space Weather/- Chapter 7: The Sun and Life on Earth.- Chapter 8: How Humans Depend on the Sun.- Chapter 9: HowYou CanStudy the Sun and the Aurora.- Chapter 10: Modern Research on the Sun, the Northern Lights, and Space Weather.- Useful Resources.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for my grandson, but I found it so fascinating that I can't let it go. May have to get another copy! Great descriptions and illustrations; well written and clear. Never have I learned so much new scientific material in such a short time. Started to explore the on-line "extras", and watched a fantastic video of how auroras are formed. Suitable book for any age or background.