256 pages, 84 colour plates, 79 illustrations, 8 b/w illustrations, 41 tables
Up-to-date reference source of information about the Earth's powerhouse, from basic material to detailed concepts, with chapters on the properties of the Sun as a star and its place in the Galaxy and the Universe. There are chapters that deal with the science of the Sun's interior and its visible disk, and what makes it shine. The work also covers solar flares and the solar wind, and their impact on the Earth.
'! it is good to see an up-to-date guide to our current understanding of the Sun ! The encyclopedia is beautifully illustrated with many recent images, all of them excellently reproduced in colour. An especially useful feature is a 37-page glossary giving clear definitions of terms and abbreviations used in solar astronomy ! handsomely presented, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the Sun ! an excellent reference source for an astronomer seriously interested in the Sun. Lee Macdonald, Popular Astronomy 'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun is extraordinarily well written and progresses in a logical way through the different topics. Boxes set aside from the main text contain detailed physics and mathematics and the glossary of terms at the end of the book is invaluable ! It was a very great pleasure to read !'. E. R. Priest, Astronomy & Geophysics 'The encyclopedia is well written, with a narrative that progresses through the different aspects of the active Sun. Throughout the encyclopedia there are pictures showing the crucial aspects of the observations and the puzzles. The great effort that the author has put into collecting so many diverse glimpses of the Sun and the universe is to be commended ! should certainly go a long way towards introducing the reading public to the fascinating mysteries of the Sun.' Physics World 'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun is a complete modern guide to this fire of life, our nearest star.' Europe &Astronomy '! fascinating ! In this book he shows that he can also explain difficult concepts without recourse to mathematics ! I strongly recommend this thoroughly readable book to anyone with an interest in our nearest star.' Chris Kitchin, Astronomy Now '! concise but comprehensive and useful book in the growing series of Cambridge astronomical encyclopaedias ! it can be recommended to both general and specialist readers.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight
Part I. The Sun's Domain: Part II. The Sun as a Star: Part III. What Makes the Sun Shine?: Part IV. Inside the Sun: Part V. The Magnetic Solar Atmosphere: Part VI. The Explosive Sun: Part VII. The Sun's Winds: Part VIII. The Sun's Impact on Earth: Part IX. Observing the Sun.
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Kenneth R. Lang is Professor of Astronomy at Tufts University.