Chasing the Sun : The Epic Story of the Star That Gives us Life
by Richard Cohen
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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The Sun is so powerful, so much bigger than us, that it’s a terrifying subject.And yet, although we depend on it, we take for grantedSurprisingly the first work of its kind, in pursuit of the cultural and scientific SUNis of the history of our relationship with the star that gives us life.Richard Cohen, applying the same mixture of broad reference and intimate detail that won praiseworthy reviews for By the Sword, travel from ancient Greece to modern-day solar astronomers of scientists, from Stonehenge to Antarctica (solar eclipse site of the year 2003, when penguins told to sing), in Mexico, the Aztecs to the northernmost city.It introduces us to crucial “cycle of sunspots” in the modern economy, the nuns, the dances of the Indians of the tribe members, the history of sundials and calendars, the status of bird migration, the most recent theories of global warming, and Galileo’s recording of his discoveries in the code, for fear of persecution.And all along there is the rich Sun of literature, from Homer’s writings by Dante and Nietzsche to Keats, Shelley and beyond.Absolutely impressive and very readable, it is a tour de force of the non-fiction narrative plot.
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