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The Sun Today

Authors: Vita-Finzi, Claudio

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  • Reveals the different ways in which the Sun's activity is constantly changing
  • Shows how the Sun's variability influences the Earth's atmosphere and magnetism, sometimes dangerously
  • Brings together data gathered over the years by numerous satellites and observatories
  • Shows how these observations bear on the inner workings of the Sun and other stars
  • Aimed at a general readership
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There are several billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. One of them is the middle-aged G2V yellow dwarf that rules our lives. The Sun Today discusses the Sun’s appearance and composition, its internal workings, and the various kinds of radiation it emits, and it puts forward a novel explanation for coronal heating. The book draws on the findings of telescopic observation, space missions, and technical and theoretical advances in many fields, and shows why we need to know more if we are to understand and manage our foothold in the Universe.

From the reviews of other books by Claudio Vita-Finzi:

The Sun – A User’s Manual (2008)

….this, jargon-free, concise, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable book
D.W. Hughes, Times Literary Supplement

Solar History (2013)

....a book that is supremely informative, intensely stimulating and enjoyable to read...
Ian Seymour, Astronomy Now

A History of the Solar System (2016)

...there is a huge amount of useful information in this book that would benefit anyone who needed more detail than is available in a typical popular science title.
Brian Clegg, Popular Science

About the authors

Claudio Vita-Finzi was born in Sydney, Australia, and educated in Argentina and the UK (BSc, PhD, ScD were all obtained at Cambridge University). He taught Geology and Planetary Science at University College London before moving to the Natural History Museum where he has been Scientific Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences working on solar fluctuations since 2001. He was awarded the Warren Prize of the US Academy of Sciences in 1994 and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1997 and the British Academy in 2012. His books include The Mediterranean Valleys (1969), Recent Earth History (1973), Archaeological Sites (1978), Recent Earth Movements (1986), Monitoring the Earth (2002), Planetary Geology (2005), The Sun: A User's Manual (2008), Solar History (2012), and A History of the Solar System (2016), the last three published by Springer.

Reviews

“I would recommend the book to geo- and helio-physicists who are already somewhat familiar with the subject, as the book encapsulates our present knowledge on our closest star that creates the environment supporting our existence and driving dynamics on Earth.” (Janusz Sylwester, The Observatory, Vol. 139 (1272), October, 2019)

“The book is brimming with scientific knowledge and captivates by summarizing the latest Sun research results in an understandable way. Each chapter has a detailed list of source references and points to more detailed scientific information. … The book is a stroke of luck for passionate space researchers and sky watchers.” (Joachim J. Kehr, Journal of Space Operations & Communicator, Vol. 16 (2), April 01, 2019)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • A Commonplace Star

    Pages 1-14

    Vita-Finzi, Claudio

  • An Inconstant Star

    Pages 15-29

    Vita-Finzi, Claudio

  • Solar Composition

    Pages 31-44

    Vita-Finzi, Claudio

  • The Solar Body

    Pages 45-57

    Vita-Finzi, Claudio

  • The Solar Furnace

    Pages 59-73

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eBook $9.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04079-6
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Softcover $12.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sun Today
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04079-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04079-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04078-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 111
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 68 illustrations in colour
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