07 August 2011

Book Review: The Sun's Heartbeat By Bob Berman

I recently received a copy of the new book The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories From The Life Of The Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman to review.

Remember when we were kids and everything outer space was cool? How each shuttle launch was watched in school? When we played outside as much as we wanted - without sunscreen? The Sun's Heartbeat is kind of a biography of the sun, sharing with us neat facts about the sun, with thoughts about the birth of it - and predictions about it's death.

Did you ever wonder how we know when a rock is a moon rock, and just not any ol' rock from Earth? It turns out each planet's rocks kind of have their own "fingerprint" - they are each made up a little differently. Or did you know the moon wasn't always where it is now? It's been slowly spiraling away from Earth at the rate of one and a half inches per year. Sure, that sounds like a snail's pace, but when you add up how long it's been around, that's quite some footage. One day there won't be any eclipses, because the moon will have moved too far out of range for them to happen.

The Sun's Heartbeat is full of little trivia like that. At first glance, the book might seem scholarly, but it's an easy read, written in terms many of us can understand - even if we're not astronomy experts. (I'm certainly not!) I found the book absolutely fascinating, and I learned so many things I didn't know! (Did you know rainbows can never appear when the sun is more than halfway up the sky? The science behind rainbows is amazing!) The book is perfect for students and those of us who yes, border on geek-dom. ;) Even if you're just looking for trivia to use at parties and get-togethers, I think you'll enjoy this book. The sun is such an important part of our lives that really, we should try to understand it as much as possible.

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories From The Life Of The Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman is a hardcover science/non fiction book published by Little, Brown, and Company and available at your favorite bookstore. It is 290 pages long. The suggested cover price is $25.99, but Amazon has it available for $13.58 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

1 comment:

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