- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (2 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241963559
- ISBN-13: 978-0241963555
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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This is a fabulous introduction to our home star, written with an insight and an enthusiasm that makes it very approachable... there's far more to the Sun than you might suspect (Helen Czerski, author of 'The Storm in a Teacup')
Wonderful...makes you simply gaze out of the window pondering for a while. The future of solar science is bright, and Lucie Green an inspiring guide (Lewis Dartnell Daily Telegraph)
This book takes a fascinating look at a literally brilliant subject... one of the most enjoyable books about science you could hope to find (Paul Sutherland Book of the Month - BBC Sky at Night Magazine)
Thrilling ... Lucie Green's huge enthusiasm for the Sun is apparent throughout (Pippa Goldschmidt Spectator)
Green, a solar physicist at University College London, is an engaging and careful companion. She is clearly enamoured of her subject and keen to acknowledge those who have gone before her ... Reading this book confirms what I felt as a student: that truly understanding the Sun is as much about philosophy as it is about physics (Anjana Ahuja Financial Times)
Green's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious ... [a] fine book (Marcus Chown Times Higher Education)
The author's passionate enthusiasm for her subject shines through on every page ... an outstanding and eminently readable book which conveys a remarkably comprehensive and wide-ranging account of our nearest star (Iain Nicholson Astronomy Now)
From the Inside Flap
Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What are light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this?
In this astonishing and enlightening adventure, you'll travel millions of miles from inside the Sun to its surface and to Earth, where the light at the end of its journey is allowing you to read right now. You'll discover how the Sun works (including what it sounds like), the latest research in solar physics and how a solar storm could threaten everything we know. And you'll meet the groundbreaking scientists, including the author, who pieced this extraordinary story together. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not a book to be read as if it were a novel - there is much that had me furrowing my brow, trusting that all would become clear in due course. It always did, and along the way, there were several points at which I found myself chuckling aloud. All in all, a complete delight, and I look forward to re-reading the book in a few months.
This book will give you information you'll feel that you ought to know about your own star and what might happen to it and us in the future.
Lucie is keen to point out the contributions of women to astronomy. Historically, they have been disgracefully neglected and of course they should take their place alongside men without any special mention.
This book is aimed at the general reader, something nearly all similar books claim. In reality, most readers will already have a keen interest in science. The description of the complex interactions of the magnetic field are a challenge - and of course there is work to do on these. No doubt there is a lot of high end computer modelling behind the thankfully brief outline and diagrams described here.
The title is intriguing. If you round the real figure, it should be 16 million degrees and the main account starts at the centre of the sun and moves outwards.
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A must read for anyone interested in how the sun works. Written in everyday language with only 2 equations this should appeal to everyone.Published 2 months ago by Richard Flude
I've been looking forward to reading this book after hearing it was coming out and it does not disappoint. The opening paragraph from the introduction sums up Dr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pete the Bookworm
Great read, somewhat tangential at points which some people may not like but I enjoyed thoroughly!Published 3 months ago by Chloé M.
Superb book - very easy to read (even the difficult bits) and very interestingPublished 6 months ago by Paul D Tyler
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