The Sun's Heartbeat - Bob Berman

The Sun's Heartbeat

By Bob Berman

  • Release Date: 2011-07-13
  • Genre: Science & Nature
  • Book: The Sun's Heartbeat
The Sun's Heartbeat book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 9 Ratings)

The Sun's Heartbeat Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Sun's Heartbeat is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

The beating heart of the sun is the very pulse of life on earth. And from the ancients who plotted its path at Stonehenge to the modern scientists who unraveled the nuclear fusion reaction that turns mass into energy, humankind has sought to solve its mysteries. In this lively biography of the sun, Bob Berman ranges from its stellar birth to its spectacular future death with a focus on the wondrous and enthralling, and on the heartbreaking sacrifice, laughable errors, egotistical battles, and brilliant inspirations of the people who have tried to understand its power.

What, exactly, are the ghostly streaks of light astronauts see-but can't photograph-when they're in space? And why is it impossible for two people to see the exact same rainbow? Why are scientists beginning to think that the sun is safer than sunscreen? And how does the fluctuation of sunspots-and its heartbeat-affect everything from satellite communications to wheat production across the globe?

Peppered with mind-blowing facts and memorable anecdotes about spectral curiosities-the recently-discovered "second sun" that lurks beneath the solar surface, the eerie majesty of a total solar eclipse-THE SUN'S HEARTBEAT offers a robust and entertaining narrative of how the Sun has shaped humanity and our understanding of the universe around us.

User reviews about the book

  • The Sun's Heartbeat

    5
    By Padre Duro
    An excellent read. The book was witty and very informative. It is the first thing I have read that actually gave scientific proof of how human living has changed the climate. The explanations give insight into nature and allow a person to impress others with the scientific explanations given here. I eagerly await Bob's next book, whatever it may be.
  • Excellent Story of The Sun

    5
    By Prichgs
    Easy to read and imposable to put down. One of the best science books I have ever read.

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