The Sun: A Biography

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Orion Publishing Group, Apr 7, 2016 - Science - 352 pages

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 lifetimes 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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Contents

BITS OF A STAR GONE WRONG
THE GOLDILOCKS STAR
THE SILKEN THREADS OF SPACE
THE SHAPE OF TRUTH
THE MONTH OF MERCEDONIUS
THE HILL OF THE WITCH
THE DETHRONEMENT OF
A HOLE IN THE
GO FIND A HOTTER PLACE
WHITE FIRE LADEN
QUEBEC
COALBROOKDALE BY NIGHT
OUR SUMMERS ARE NO SUMMERS
SHELTER FROM THE STORM
THE RESCUE OF SOLAR
SUNJAMMER

THE STOURBRIDGE PRISM
THE FIRE AT MANNHEIM
SUNLIGHT ROBBERY
ROSA URSINA
THE DEVILS JUMPS
THE SUN KING
A SINGLE RAY OF LIGHT
JOURNEY FROM THE HEART OF THE
ALPHA OMEGA
AMONGST THE STARS
END OF DAYS
THE WIND FROM THE
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About the author (2016)

Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, journalist and the author of five books, including THE SUN, THE MOON and JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC and Sky News. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.

Follow him on Twitter: @dr_david_w

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