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Słońce (The Sun. A Biography)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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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Deborah Pickstone
Very interesting in parts and seemed to drone on in others! I read this for the geocaching challenge - it was the fifth different book I selected to have the sun on the cover and then could not get the title or the correct edition or whatever and had to reselect. So, I never would have read this otherwise but am not sorry to have done so! :)
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half quite interesting, second part more like scientific bits from here and there, history of sun "exploration" told since ancient times up until modern day seemed sometimes like copy-paste from different books. Lots of important facts but often had a feeling like skipping a few pages. The ending was pure mumbling of " how lucky we are that according to some scientific research we are going to survive on Earth extra 200 millions of years adding to already predicted billions before the Sun ...more
Evan Quinlan
David Whitehouse communicates solar science through a loose sequence of vignettes. I learned a lot, although I might have liked to have a better sense of narrative direction. One chapter strays a bit into climate change denial, which seems shoehorned in, but it's still relatively thoughtful and informative. The Sun is fascinating, and David fully describes humanity's state-of-the-art understanding of it as of 2004. There's a little bit of mythology covered as well, but not much.

I would recommend
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sun: A Biography is basically what the title says - it is the story of the Sun. Author David Whitehouse wrote this book after covering something similar on the Moon. In The Sun: A Biography, Whitehouse covers two aspects: the myths and legends told about the Sun for centuries and the science that has been working overtime to learn more about this fascinating star. Whitehouse's narrative may not be a linear chronological account always, for there is a bit of overlapping that could have been b ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book with a whole lot of information, especially if you have the type of mind (which I do not) that can amass all the information and make enough sense of it, so that you might actually comprehend all that science!

"Within the first second, superhot gas - referred to as a plasma - a substance we will discuss often because the Sun is made of it - may have cooled enough for particles called quarks (Ah, so this is what they are) that had condensed out of the energy to combine and form p
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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