A bold new theory about the Sun–Earth relationship, its role in history, and its potentially disastrous future.
We are in the midst of one of the most massive, powerful, and relentless solar storms in history, reports science journalist and solar expert Lawrence Joseph, and a single, random blast from the Sun could well destroy our way of life at any time. Tracing the Sun's behavior and its influence on Earth from the most recent Ice Age to the present and connecting groundbreaking research in solar physics to biology, politics, and culture, Joseph alerts us to the tremendous vulnerability of our infrastructure and delivers the tools and strategies we need to outsmart the Sun and protect Earth's satellites and other vital systems from the coming solar apocalypse.
Solar Cataclysm implores us to rethink our understanding of human history and redefine our relationship with the 4.57-billion-year-old thermonuclear behemoth in order to defend our future.
The connection between human history and solar activity has gone largely untold—until now. Carefully examining the 4.57-billion-year story of our relationship with the Sun, science reporter and bestselling author Lawrence Joseph demonstrates how nearly every aspect of earthly existence and human behavior has always been and continues to be susceptible to changes in the Sun—the basis for his "Moody Sun Hypothesis." As we come to realize that the Sun is far more turbulent and explosive than imagined, we must also come to terms with the fact that our future is more vulnerable to the Sun than ever suspected.
From the Sun's role in global climate change to its constant threat of catastrophic solar blasts, and from stories of solar activity causing rifts in religion in the Middle Ages to the way sunspots are messing with our moods and minds today, Solar Cataclysm examines the myriad ways the ever-changing Sun disrupts our personal lives, determines the course of history, and shapes our destiny.
But this isn't a tale of doom. Our fates, collectively and individually, aren't tethered to the Sun's ups and downs. With captivating storytelling and witty prose, Joseph shows us how to draw on the tools and expertise—including the very latest solar science research and technology advances, as well as human ingenuity and survival instincts—to respond effectively to the Sun's threats and to shield ourselves and our atmosphere, satellite system, power grids, and nuclear power infrastructure from the Sun's impending assault.
How did the Sun King, Louis XIV, ban sunspots for virtually all of his seventy-two-year reign? What makes Stanford and Purdue University scientists so sure that the Sun is sending out secret, vitally important messages today?
Smart and engaging, Solar Cataclysm guides us to a new, dynamic, life-affirming level of interconnectedness among self, planet, and sustaining star.
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.04(d)|
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Crawls in and sleeps.
An insulated, comfortable den with soft moss spread on the floor. ~Sunsetstar
I read this as an e-book. I will probably also purchase a hard copy so I can mark it up. I also have a greater tendency than most to purchase hard copies because I know that if/when the next Carrington Event hits, I will be left unable to use my e-versions of books, magazines, and newspapers. For instance, I have both an electric piano and an acoustic one. Just a few weeks ago, I lived through an electrical outage of several hours, entertaining myself by playing my acoustic piano by the light of a couple of orchestra lights. Later, I found that my neighbors had enjoyed my "concert". In this book, there was a surprising amount of chit-chat about all kinds of things. The writing style was not scholarly, but conversational. Perhaps because of that, it tended to "chase rabbits" about things that, IMHO, are only tangentially related to the issue at hand: what would happen when/if the next massive solar flare (such as the Carrington Event) takes place. There was a continuing thread that talked about "Sol" and "Gaia" and their "relationship". It was annoying to me, but I guess it's a time-tested technique used when talking about cosmic matters to a lay audience. After all, mythological stories tend to personify the planets as gods. I was glad to see this book as coming from NASA, because when I try to talk to my friends about when/if the next Carrington Event takes place, their eyes tend to glaze over. Most of them are not scientists. I was hoping to be able to recommend this book to my friends, to get them thinking about what would happen if all our electrical infrastructure collapsed. Most people tend to pay attention when something comes from NASA. Because it so full of fluff, I will have to think twice before recommending it. If a person doesn't already have an idea what would happen, how to mitigate it, and how to protect their own interests, I'm not sure they would get the message from this book. The few nuggets of value that I found (valuable to me because I didn't already know them) included mostly names of players who are involved in efforts to predict and deal with a solar cataclysm.