Nato ASI Subseries I:

The Solar Engine and Its Influence on Terrestrial Atmosphere and Climate

Editors: Nesme-Ribes, Elizabeth (Ed.)

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The message of sunspots from the interior of the Sun to the Earth's climate When Galileo was summoned before the Inquisition on April 12, 1633, the main accusations laid against him concerned the doubts he expressed about Aristotle's theory of the universe. Aristotle's idea was that the Earth was the centre of the cosmos and that all of the stars, including the Sun, turned around it. Moreover, for Aristotle and the world of the Inquisitors, the Sun was a perfect celestial body. Now, Galileo had discovered spots on the Sun. These spots were seen as imperfections, and not just surface markings, but coming from within the Sun. Worse yet, they revolved around the Sun. All this supported the newfangled theory of Copernicus, and undermined a system of thought that had reigned supreme for centuries. Man of science that he was, and a prudent Catholic too, Galileo strived all his life to prove that Copernicus' astronomical concept was compatible with the word of the Bible. He proposed that there were not two truths but a single divine truth. It was just expressed in two different languages : there was the language of the common people, with its imprecision and inconsistencies, but intuitively understandable by everyone; and then there was the precise language of science with its strict regard for observation, which only a chosen few can grasp [L. Geymonat. 1992].

Table of contents (35 chapters)

  • The Solar Dynamo

    Roberts, Paul H.

    Pages 1-26

  • The Differential Solar Rotation

    Rüdiger, Günther (et al.)

    Pages 27-47

  • Oscillatory Dynamos Showing Change of Parity on a Large Time Scale

    Krause, F.

    Pages 49-56

  • A New Reconstruction of Solar Activity, 1610–1993

    Hoyt, Douglas V. (et al.)

    Pages 57-70

  • The Maunder Minimum and the Solar Dynamo

    Nesme-Ribes, E. (et al.)

    Pages 71-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Solar Engine and Its Influence on Terrestrial Atmosphere and Climate
Editors
  • Elizabeth Nesme-Ribes
Series Title
Nato ASI Subseries I:
Series Volume
25
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-79257-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-79257-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-79259-5
Series ISSN
1431-7125
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 561
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