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Our Explosive Sun: A Visual Feast of Our Source of Light and Life 2012th Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 146140570X
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“Our Explosive Sun is a book for beginners, be they amateur astronomers, aurora watchers, high school students, or interested non-experts of any description. There’s plenty of elementary information about our mother star and the Solar System, and about how to observe the Sun safely or photograph the Northern Lights. Making the book distinctive are a mass of extraordinarily vivid and up to date illustrations, plus the occasional insights you get only from a true expert.” (Calder’s Updates, January, 2012)

“Brekke provides a detailed introduction to the dynamics of the Sun and how it affects Earth, both scientifically and culturally. … In addition, the book is lavishly illustrated with photos and paintings of the Sun. … Bernhard Fleck … said, ‘I find it to be the most beautiful and informative popular science book dedicated to our star: spectacular imagery, interspersed with clear and very informative graphics and illustrations, all presented in a very clean, fresh and modern design. Stunning! 5 out of 5 stars!” (Hobbyspace, February, 2012)

“Book provides a detailed introduction to the dynamics of the Sun and how it affects Earth, both physically and culturally, and … layouts and visuals in the book are truly stunning. The book includes a number of images never published before. With beautiful illustrations accompanied by insightful explanations Brekke gives here a fascinating account of how the stormy Sun affects our technology-based society. … the book can certainly be recommend to general readers as well.” (Oddbjørn Engvold, Advances in Space Research, April, 2012)

“A great introduction to solar astronomy and the effects of the Sun on the Earth, very much aimed at a young readership, especially those who are not heavily into science, for example, those who are studying art subjects at high-school level.” (Kenneth J. H. Phillips, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1230), October, 2012)

“If you want to learn about the Sun, I recommend Our Explosive Sun. … The book considers many aspects of our interactions with the Sun … and presents them in clear and concise language. … It’s beautifully illustrated with photographs taken from the ground and from space, many helpful diagrams, and original artwork by Trond Abrahamsen. … Our Explosive Sun is an enjoyable and worthwhile read and the pictures are a treat. It’s a great introduction to the topic for interested readers of all ages.” (Mona Evans, BellaOnline, February, 2013)

From the Back Cover

The center of our Solar System is a star, one among billions of stars in our own galaxy. This star, which we call the Sun, gives rise to all life on Earth, is the driver of the photosynthesis in plants, and is the source of all food, energy, and fossil fuels on Earth.

For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is in fact a stormy and variable star and contributes much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern and southern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways.

The Sun is, like astronomy in general, a good entrance to natural science, since it affects us in so many ways and connects us to many other fields of science, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and meteorology.

The book includes additional material on Springer Extras, a large number of animations and video material. A PowerPoint presentation of the book is also included there as a useful resource for teachers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146140570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461405702
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,521,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knowledge about the sun is changing fast as the space age brings us closer to our star than ever before. Pål is a real scientist who knows his subject deeply yet shares the wonder with people of all ages through his passion for the subject and intimate style.

A great book for all people curious to understand more about our amazing cosmos.
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The book gives a visual tour to our Sun and is easy to read with good illustrations.
I have a scientific background, but this book don't require any pre-readings to understand.
I read this book with great pleassure and recomend it to all!
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Small kids will enjoy the stunning pictures,teenagers will understand the text as well, and if you are an advanced observer, you will have great benefit of it. A very inspiring book!
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The author of this book has achieved something very rare. Having aquainted myself with the book, I find it a perfect entry-level book for anyone who wish to know more about the Sun (like myself), but at the same time it does an amazing job of building up gently to more advanced material. I believe both children, keen amateurs like myself, and professional astronomers can learn a lot from this book. The clearly written text is supported by very good illustrations and photographs and covers pretty much all aspects of the star which we orbit and the effects our Sun has on life on Earth. I can highly recommend this book. This is scientific outreach at its best.
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I have a boy age 7 who wonder's about all thing's in life. And on top of his wonder list is the sun, the planets and all there is to know about the solar system. Our explosive sun is an exiting go-to source for knowledge with fantastic photo's and figures that illustrate the text. You can do chapter by chapter or simply flip through the book for the most spectacular photo's and read about the phenomena.
Looking at the northern lights in the winter is just gorgeous -- but it's even more delightful and fun to do when you know what it involves and you can talk with your kids about it. I've bought the book as family gifts for my friends and have gotten very good feedback on my choice.
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My oldest son - aged 9 - was thrilled to get this book signed by the author. The book has been used to meet a high level of curiosity at home as well as smuggled to science class at school. The illustrations and video material are amazing, and this is both educational and exciting for children -as well as for the curious adults.
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I found this book to be a wonderful overview of the Sun and our relationship with it. Lavishly illustrated, concisely written, and up-to-date. Even though it covers range of solar-related topics like solar storms, observing, light, and aurora, a reader can breeze through it rather swiftly , yet enjoy learning a lot without even trying. Well done!
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Such a delight of a fun and informative book for those of us interested in astro physics. Perfect as a knowledge oriented gift for anyone between 10 and 80.
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