A timely and essential guide that examines our long-held fascination with the sun, from ancient beliefs, to early scientific studies, right up to our present-day understanding, taking the lay reader on an absorbing and thrilling journey to the centre of our solar system.
A highly readable and topical account of the life and times of our neighbourhood nuclear furnace, on which all life on Earth depends – the sun. Colin Stuart pulls together an amazing amount of physics in an enjoyable narrative which conveys information painlessly. I read it at a sitting, and look forward to a more leisurely second look.
Surprisingly, considering its fundamental importance to life on Earth, the sun has been the Cinderella of astronomical popular science. In this fascinating and in-depth exploration of our friendly neighbourhood star, Colin Stuart makes sure that Cinderella gets to the ball.
A thrilling story of not only the sun’s inner workings and how it affects the Earth, but how we’ve come to understand the raw power of our local star. Beautifully written – Colin Stuart explains these mind-expanding details with crystal clarity.
An exceptionally clear and comprehensive account of how science has unpicked the manifold secrets of the sun.
A deep-dive into what we currently know about the workings of our sun, and some of the big questions that remain unanswered. Indispensable for solar enthusiasts.
A compelling portrait of the Sun
Colin Stuart is an astronomy journalist, author and science communicator. He has written twelve science books to date, which have been translated into seventeen languages, as well as articles for the Guardian, European Space Agency and New Scientist, among others. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has had an asteroid named after him in recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy. He has talked about the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. He is the author of 13 Journeys Through Space and Time: Christmas Lectures From the Royal Institution and The Universe in Bite-sized Chunks, also published by Michael O’Mara Books.