334 pages, colour plates, b/w photos
A comprehensive biography of the sun, written by leading BBC journalist David Whitehouse. Since man first became conscious he has sought to understand the nature of the sun; he has worshipped it, been inspired to produce great art about it, researched it and even died for it. Understanding the nature of the sun is key to understanding our universe and to life on earth. Whitehouse skilfully weaves his extraordinary scientific knowledge with history, archaeology and religion to produce this fascinating account of the life and future of the sun.
...Reading this...immensely entertaining work of pop science makes us aware of ...the power of the sun... (The Herald Glasgow, 8th January 2005) "...Whitehouse appears to have explored every possible avenue, and I can only guess at the enormous amount of research this must have required..." (New Scientist, 29th January 2005) "...a staggering range of content...offering a plethora of facts and a fascinating read..." (Good Book Guide, February 2005) "...intelligent, safety goggles on look at that without which star that s intrigued humankind since day one...wide ranging and excellent." (Insight Brighton, March 2005) "...the birth, life, and death of the Sun are carefully considered, exactly as you would expect in any excellent biography. Which is exactly what this book is..." (The Observatory, August 05) "...a shining example of the way in which main sequence stars such as ours begin, spend, and end their sunny days..." (The Age, Sept 05) "...well written and enjoyable..." (Times Educational Supplement, November 4th 05) "...well written and enjoyable...a useful addition to any teacher s fountain of knowledge..." (Times Educational Supplement Scotland, 4th November 2005)
Acknowledgements. 1. Bits of a star gone wrong. 2. The Goldilocks star. 3. The silken threads of space. 4. The shape of truth. 5. The month of Mercedonius. 6. The Hill of the Witch. 7. The Dethronement of God. 8. A hole in the sky. 9. The Stourbridge Prism. 10. The fire at Mannheim. 11. Sunlight robbery. 12. Rosa Ursina. 13. The Devil's Jumps. 14. The Sun King. 15. A single ray of light. 16. Go find a hotter place. 17. White fire laden. 18. Quebec. 19. Coalbrookdale by Night. 20. Our summers are no summers . 21. Shelter from the storm. 22. The Rescue of Solar Max. 23. Sunjammer. 24. Journey from the heart of the Sun. 25. Alpha Omega. 26. Amongst the stars. 27. End of days. 28. The wind from the sun. 29. Coda the Eye of God. Bibliography. Index.
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Dr David Whitehouse is a Science Correspondent for the BBC and Science Editor of BBC News Online. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio and also writes regularly for leading newspapers and magazines. He has also presented a science series on BBC TV. Prior to joining the BBC he was a space scientist and astronomer at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, and at the world famous Jodrell Bank radio observatory. He has won two Glaxo science writing awards and five European Netmedia awards, including the prestigious European Journalist of the Year. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a past president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. His first book, The Moon: A biography was published by Headline in 2001.