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Guide to the Sun [Hardcover]

Kenneth J. H. Phillips

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15 Oct 1992 052139483X 978-0521394833
The Sun has been an object of scientific interest since the time of the ancient Greeks. The vast amounts of observational data acquired in recent years have led to a greatly improved knowledge of the physics of the Sun. With a minimum of technicalities, this book gives an account of what we now know about the Sun's interior, its surface and atmosphere, its relation to the solar system including the earth, and its relation to other stars. The way that solar power is being converted to useful forms of energy is explained. The book is aimed at anyone with a broad science background interested in learning about the latest developments in solar studies, from those at high-school level to the non-specialist professional.

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Kenneth Phillips is Visiting Professor at University College London and Honorary Professor at Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of "Guide to the Sun" (CUP) and one of 3 authors of "Ultraviolet and X-ray Spectroscopy of the Solar Atmosphere" (CUP). He was educated at Ashford County Grammar School then gained BSc and PhD degrees at University College London, after which he took postdoctoral positions in solar physics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland, USA) and the University of Hawaii. He was at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Space Science Department between 1977 and 2002, then took up a US National Research Council Senior Research Associateship at Goddard (2002-2005) to work on the RHESSI spacecraft project with Brian Dennis and others. His research interests include solar physics and X-ray and ultraviolet spectroscopy, as well as Sun-like stars. He has lectured widely on these topics. He and a research team from Belfast and the University of Wroclaw, Poland, were the subject of a BBC documentary on the 2001 total solar eclipse in Zambia. He has close links with NASA Goddard and with Polish solar astronomers at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and the Polish Academy of Sciences, notably Professors Pawel Rudawy, Janusz Sylwester and Jerzy Jakimiec. The co-operation over several years led to the award first of the Gold Medal of Wroclaw University (Sept. 2009) followed soon after by the Copernicus Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences at the Staszicz Palace in Warsaw (see pictures). Minor planet 13991 Kenphillips is named after him. Ken lives in Thatcham, Berkshire, in the UK, where in the local parish church Francis Baily, famed eclipse observer and astronomer in the 19th century, is buried. Among his more than 200 publications is a Scientific American article on solar coronal heating with Dr Bhola Dwivedi, published in the June 2001 issue of the magazine, which gained the 2004 Popular Writing Award on Solar Physics from the American Astronomical Society. Ken continues to lecture at University College London, and takes an active interest in fair representation of women and minorities in astronomy, serving on the RAS Women in Astronomy Committe (1998-2002). His hobbies include running, music and drama, and reading. The bookshelves in his living room groan under the weight of nearly 500 novels and non-fiction books he's read over the years.

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'… an excellent general account …' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This is a first class introduction.' New Scientist

'… it would not be amiss on the bookshelves of anyone with a professional or an amateur interest in the physical sciences.' Observatory

'… cor what a good one.' Astronomy Now

'The subject matter is fascinating …'. Physics World

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This book is an account of the latest developments in studies of our nearest star. What makes the Sun shine? What are solar flares? How is solar energy used for everyday purposes? Answers to these and other related questions are given in this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction as well as a long time companion 10 April 2000
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For me as a novice to the subject of solar physics "A guide to the sun" by K.J.H. Phillips provided me with an excellent, concise, and easy to read introduction into this fascinating topic. And with basic knowledge acquired I realized that it covers a lot of topics of current discussion about solar physics like the SOHO mission. This book is an asset which once read will serve you as a reference and long time companion.
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