Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

Book - 2010/11/09
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Presents a chronicle of humanity's historical, mythological and scientific relationship with the sun, drawing on various world cultures to explore such topics as the religious beliefs of Ancient Egypt, Galileo's early discoveries of sun spots and the modern world's efforts to address global warming.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010/11/09
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400068753
1400068754
Branch Call Number: 523.7 COH
Characteristics: xxxi, 574 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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ReidCooper
Apr 23, 2012

Many annoying errors in this book, including a few that should have been easy to spot by the editor. e.g., the Persian festival is "Yalda", not "Zalda".

And those errors about things I already know about make me question what other errors there might also be that I do not know are wrong.

The whole tone of the book is chatty in a bad way - the author needlessly inserts himself into the text too often.

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jmikesmith
Dec 19, 2011

This is a thoroughly researched, densely packed book that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Sun. Cohen explains how our knowledge and perceptions of the Sun have changed through the last three millennia or so. He describes how we've thought of the Sun in science, religion, art (including visual arts, literature and poetry, and music), and politics, and probably a few perspectives I've missed. It's very well written, although it sometimes gets technical, whether he's writing about solar physics or literary symbolism. It's always engaging. It is quite long, however, and takes concentration to read. It is not a quick read. But from sunrise on Mount Fuji to sunset in Varanasi, there's something here for almost everyone.

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