The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories From The Life Of The Star That Powers Our Planet

Paperback | July 17, 2012

byBob Berman

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The beating heart of the sun is the very pulse of life on earth. And from the ancients who plotted its path at Stonehenge to the modern scientists who unraveled the nuclear fusion reaction that turns mass into energy, humankind has sought to solve its mysteries. In this lively biography of the sun, Bob Berman ranges from its stellar birth to its spectacular future death with a focus on the wondrous and enthralling, and on the heartbreaking sacrifice, laughable errors, egotistical battles, and brilliant inspirations of the people who have tried to understand its power.

What, exactly, are the ghostly streaks of light astronauts see-but can't photograph-when they're in space? And why is it impossible for two people to see the exact same rainbow? Why are scientists beginning to think that the sun is safer than sunscreen? And how does the fluctuation of sunspots-and its heartbeat-affect everything from satellite communications to wheat production across the globe?

Peppered with mind-blowing facts and memorable anecdotes about spectral curiosities-the recently-discovered "second sun" that lurks beneath the solar surface, the eerie majesty of a total solar eclipse-THE SUN'S HEARTBEAT offers a robust and entertaining narrative of how the Sun has shaped humanity and our understanding of the universe around us.

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The beating heart of the sun is the very pulse of life on earth. And from the ancients who plotted its path at Stonehenge to the modern scientists who unraveled the nuclear fusion reaction that turns mass into energy, humankind has sought to solve its mysteries. In this lively biography of the sun, Bob Berman ranges from its stellar bi...

Bob Berman, one of America's top astronomy writers, wrote the popular "Night Watchman" column forDiscoverfor seventeen years. He is currently a columnist forAstronomy, a host on NPR's Northeast Public Radio, and the science editor ofOld Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:July 17, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316090999

ISBN - 13:9780316090995

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sun and Sun-Related Phenomena This book contains much more than I was expecting. The author covers a whole variety of topics all pertaining to the sun. These include its formation and structure, the sunspot cycle, solar emissions, determination of the Astronomical Unit, human vision, health effects of skin exposure, auroras, various solar phenomena, solar eclipses, the solar neutrino problem, global climate change and much more. The author discusses each topic to a sufficient depth but without going into too much technical detail and without undefined specialized jargon, thus making the book accessible to a wide audience. The work of various individuals involved over the centuries in solar research in some form or other is also highlighted. The writing style is friendly, casual, often humorous, lively and quite captivating. I found this book full of fascinating information which can be perused completely pain-free. I believe that absolutely anyone can thoroughly enjoy this charming book.
Date published: 2013-12-23