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Słońce (The Sun. A Biography)
Imagine writing the biography of a subject you can't look at without going blind. Astronomer and BBC science editor David Whitehouse has done just that in The Sun. Taking an unusual tack, he writes about the Sun as if it were a fascinating neighbor to be observed with the utmost care. After all, there is no celestial body more important to us than the Sun; all life on Eart ...more
miękka (paperback), 145 x 225 mm, 336 pages
Published 2007 by Prószyński i S-ka
(first published 2004)
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I first read the companion book of this one, "The Moon: a Biography" which I'd like to describe it as "romantic". The Sun, however, has a more masculine feel to it. A lot of it about how human attempted to find out about the Sun and ultimately how to view it. Later on in the book, the author David Whitehouse, himself an astronomer, then explain succinctly the complex science of the Sun and its inevitable eventual ending. I find the book really beautiful in a way that it's now at the back of my m ...more
Good book, I liked the first 6-7 chapters very much and the final 5-6 chapters. I wasn't a fan of the central part of the book, I felt like the author was droning on and the storyline/history was scattered as far as direction and goal. The beginning and end sections seemed to read like a novel whereas the middle part was kind of a mangled history book.
I feel like the scientific and historical data was good but only the last 5 chapters really had direction.