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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0521780934, Hardcover)Everything you ever wanted to know about the sun, the powerhouse of our galaxy, sustaining life on earth, driving the weather, providing warmth and light--and, directly or indirectly, almost all the energy that plants and animals use.
Less a classic encyclopedia than a topic-by-topic textbook introducing readers to all things solar, astronomer Lang's compendium offers the very latest scientific views on a range of matters, from fundamental constants to the composition of sunlight, from the role of sunspots in terrestrial weather and human history to the methods scientists use to forecast such phenomena today, from the origins of the universe to days to come--when, 7 billion years from now, the "aging Sun will swell up to become a giant star," one that will spread to occupy the space the earth now occupies, and far beyond. Abundant photographs, charts, and line drawings, all very well made, accompany the text, which also includes a recent bibliography and a glossary of current terms.
Highly useful for students of astronomy and space science, this attractive volume will require little updating for years to come, and it serves as the best single general reference work on the subject. --Gregory McNamee
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"The Sun is our powerhouse, sustaining life on Earth. It energizes our planet and fuels the engine of life. Its warmth drives our weather, lifting water from the seas and producing winds that drive clouds over the continents." "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun is a fundamental, up-to-date reference source of information about the Sun, from basic material to detailed concepts. It is written in a concise, light and uniform style, without being unnecessarily weighted down with specialized materials or the variable writing the multiple authors. It is filled with vital facts and information for astronomers of all types and for anyone with a scientific interest in the Sun." "The many full-color figures and photographs throughout the book help to make all the information highly accessible. The text is organized in a thematic way, 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." "This encyclopedia will be a significant reference for anyone needing information on any aspect of solar astronomy, solar astrophysics, or solar-terrestrial relations. It will become the definitive reference work on our home star for professionals, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, keen amateur astronomers and the interested general reader."--BOOK JACKET.
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