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15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun Hardcover
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Professor Lucie Green's '15 Million Degrees' finally answered all my questions, and much more. I read the book in one session, which took me late into the night, but it was worth the trip. Professor Green has a writing style that is easy to read, yet she is able to impart highly technical information that is readily understood - the reader does need at least an entry level university education in nuclear physics, chemistry and astronomy to absorb everything.
The book smoothly traces the history of astronomy and Solar observation, development of quantum theory and understanding of the atom, which over time helped scientists understand what the Sun was, what powers it, and its behavior. Professor Green sprinkles her work with fascinating snippets of research done over the last 150 years and eureka moments that has led to our understanding of not only our own star, but stars throughout the universe. When it came to explaining some tough processes that go on inside the Sun - how light escapes, what are sunspots, flares, threats to Earth - Professor Green tackled these with skill without resorting to highly technical explanations. The book left me with a much deeper understanding of our Sun, the journey immensely satisfying and rewarding.