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The Sun A User's Manual

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By: Claudio Vita-Finzi
168 pages, Illus
The Sun
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The Sun is an account of the many ways in which our nearest star affects our planet, how its influence has changed over the last few centuries and millennia, and the extent to which we can predict its future impact. The Sun's rays foster the formation of Vitamin D by our bodies, but it can also promote skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations in our DNA. Besides providing the warmth and light essential to most animal and plant life, solar energy contributes substantially to global warming, and the charged particles of the solar wind shield us from harmful cosmic rays, but solar storms may damage artificial satellites and cripple communication systems and computer networks.

The Sun is the ideal renewable energy source, but its exploitation is still bedevilled by the problems of storage and distribution. Our nearest star, in short, is a complex machine which needs to be treated with caution, and this book will equip every reader with the knowledge that is required to understand the benefits and dangers it can bring.

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Preface 1. Looking at the Sun 2. Inside the Sun 3. The Changing Sun 4. Sun and Climate 5. Sun and Life 6. Sun and Health 7. Space Weather 8. Solar Energy Index

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Popular Science SPECIAL OFFER
By: Claudio Vita-Finzi
168 pages, Illus
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Aus den Rezensionen: "... Gut dass nun eine weitere Neuerscheinung zur Sonne aus der Feder des britischen Geologen Claudio Vita-Finzi vorliegt. ... Ausfuhrlich stellt der Autor die Konsequenzen des Sonnenwinds auf technische Einrichtungen wie Satelliten dar und verbindet dies mit einer Darstellung der Sonnenzyklen. ... Das Buch schliesst ab mit einem umfangreichen Literaturverzeichnis, das ahnlich breit streut wie die Inhalte der einzelnen Buchkapitel ..." (STEFAN OLDENBURG, in: Sterne und Weltraum, September/2009, S. 100) "... Die Lekture des engagiert geschriebenen Buchs bestatigt den Eindruck einer holprigen Systematik. ... Ausfuhrlich stellt der Autor die Konsequenzen des Sonnenwinds auf technische Einrichtungen wie Satelliten dar und verbindet dies mit einer Darstellung der Sonnenzyklen. ... Das Buch schliesst ab mit einem umfangreichen Literaturverzeichnis ... Die Zielgruppe dieses Buchs ist ! eine wissenschaftliche Publikation oder einen Bildband ..." (http://www.wissenschaft-online.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=1008498&_druckversion=1)

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