Sunspots, the strange and elusive dark shapes that periodically sweep across the Sun’s surface, have mystified people for centuries. Given their elusive cyclical nature and the fact that it is both painful and dangerous to observe the Sun directly, it is little wonder that records of sunspots are almost nonexistent in Europe before the seventeenth century. Today these solar emissions are thought to coincide with major effects in global weather pattern, making a deeper understanding of sunspots of vital importance today.
In The Enigma of Sunspots, you can learn about this strange and powerful phenomena that may hold a key to our understanding of the Sun. Judit Brody tells the fascinating history of the efforts to study sunspots, beginning with the lives―and quarrels―of those pioneers who first charted their mysterious patterns of behavior.
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The book overall was pretty thorough on the history and study of sunspots but I was expecting a little bit more of the engineering and science of observing Sunspots. Well written but definitely for the neophyte.
This first and only sustained treatment of the history of sunspots (that I know of) is wonderfully clear and engaging. Judit Brody evidently loves her subject and conveys her fascination very well; her writing has a conversational, informal approach that puts the reader at ease, but at the same time one learns much from her careful study of the historical sources and her awareness of their human dimensions and drama. The book is also greatly enhanced by its superb illustrations, which enliven almost every page. This really admirable book deserves much praise.
An erudite, yet highly accessible, introduction into a subject that deserves to be illuminated. The study of sunspots has recently experienced a bit of a revival because of the connection with global warming. This book is both relevant to the current issue, and also provides a historical perspective on a phenomenon that has fascinated sky gazers for hundreds of years.
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