The Sun's Heartbeat by Bob Berman
And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet

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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.

 

About Bob Berman

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Bob Berman writes the Strange Universe column in Astronomy magazine. His previous titles on astronomy include Cosmic Adventure: A Renegade Astronomer's Guide to Our World and Beyond and Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See with the Naked Eye . He lives near Woodstock, New York.
 
Published July 13, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 298 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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If Richard Cohen’s Chasing the Sun (2010) and Gillian Turner’s North Pole, South Pole (2010) went into more detail than Berman, they would be hard put to match his intimate association with solar activity.

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Mr. Berman explores not only the star categories but also how stars are created, the range of stars from suns to almost suns (those that no longer fuse hydrogen into helium), to double stars (which are quite common), and massive stars whose core fusion can run away and supernova.

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“Bob Berman takes every long forgotten notion we thought we understood about the Sun and serves it up fresh .

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John Gribbin reviews Bob Berman's "The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories
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For example, the sun is repeatedly described as the sole source of energy for the Earth and life on Earth, ignoring the fact that whole ecosystems exist in the deep ocean, where they never see the sun, fueled by heat escaping from inside the planet.

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Mr. Berman explores not only the star categories but also how stars are created, the range of stars from suns to almost suns (those that no longer fuse hydrogen into helium), to double stars (which are quite common), and massive stars whose core fusion can run away and supernova.

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The Sun’s Heartbeat is Bob Berman’s passionate appeal that our Sun not only governs life on Earth but has a rhythm all its own.Books covering scientific topics can often be heavy slogs, but Bob Berman takes every long-forgotten notion we thought we understood about the Sun and serves it up fresh ...

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