Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us

Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us


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  • Hardcover
  • 574 pages
  • Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life
  • Richard Cohen
  • English
  • 21 March 2019
  • 1400068754

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10 thoughts on “Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

  1. Alexus Alexus says:

    An interesting book, and the author definitely should be commended on the variety of different considerations and aspects of human thought about the sun that he covers A couple of things mar this book, though, and stopped me from giving it 3 stars I would have given it 2.5 if that were available First, there were a number of clear astronomical mistakes, even though in the acknowledgments the author said that experts read over the book For example, at one point he claims that at the equinox An interesting book, and the author definitely should be commended on the variety of different considerations and aspects of human thought about the sun that he covers A couple of things mar this book, though, and stopped me from giving it 3 stars I would have given it 2.5 if that were available First, there were a number of clear astronomical mistakes, even though in the acknowledgments the author said that experts read over the book For example, at one point he claims that at the equinox the sun goes over the observer s zenith This is only true if you re standing right on the equator, and nowhere else on the planet There is also some pretty silly colonialist anti western bias that comes out in the early chapters Maybe that s a result of the kind of sources the author consulted, but he also seemed to endorse a bit of it the Chinese, Indians, people of the Americas were pre science while the Greeks were the epitome of science, etc There is a great deal of work available now that demonstrates the falsity of these ideas Finally, in one of the last chapters, the author makes a pathetically bad argument to reject the idea of human caused climate change, based on the we don t know with 100% certainty reasoning common to these climate deniers The reasoning is extremely poor We don t know anything with 100% certainty, yet the author didn t see the need to add such a caveat to all the other claims he made in the book about the composition of the sun, how it works, its influence on humans, etc We don t know with 100% certainty ANY fact about the sun, yet the author did not find it necessary to write chapters considering the possibility that the sun is not responsible for the seasons, or that solar storms don t play a role in causing aurorae, or a host of other silly things This book is worth checking out, but has to be taken with a grain of salt

  2. Laura Laura says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Once upon a time we thought that we were the centre of the universe and that even the sun revolved around usThousands of years later we know that our earliest, most basic idea about our place in the cosmos was false, and that that cosmos is vastly larger than we ever dreamed We are mere specks Richard Cohen took eight years to write his account of the sun The sun s biography, in fact He looks at the myth, the legend, the science Also the social cont From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Once upon a time we thought that we were the centre of the universe and that even the sun revolved around usThousands of years later we know that our earliest, most basic idea about our place in the cosmos was false, and that that cosmos is vastly larger than we ever dreamed We are mere specks Richard Cohen took eight years to write his account of the sun The sun s biography, in fact He looks at the myth, the legend, the science Also the social context and how the sun figures in various art forms And, will it be with us for ever We have to hope so His celebration of that gold disc in the sky is now caught in five episodesIn the first of five episodes, abridged by Penny Leicester, the author highlights some of the astounding myths associated with the sun, then he views the pefect sunriseReader Allan CordunerProducer Duncan Minshull.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b00wlbss

  3. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    a slapdash work that doesn t hang together and the author likes to inject climate denialism into the narrative This one is not worth it.

  4. Kelly Furniss Kelly Furniss says:

    This was a very different choice for me as I don t normally pick much non fiction but I enjoyed this thorough comprehensive study on the sun and looking at how the sun has been analysed and used in mythology and cultures through history and explored in artistic form through eg poetry, music, photography, visual arts and literature Then turn the subject on its head and we get the nitty gritty of complex science, solar physics, facts and figures So trying to accumulate all this in to an interes This was a very different choice for me as I don t normally pick much non fiction but I enjoyed this thorough comprehensive study on the sun and looking at how the sun has been analysed and used in mythology and cultures through history and explored in artistic form through eg poetry, music, photography, visual arts and literature Then turn the subject on its head and we get the nitty gritty of complex science, solar physics, facts and figures So trying to accumulate all this in to an interesting book could not be easy but I feel Cohen did it and got that balance for me personally I listened to this via audio as it was picked by Radio 4 and I listened in small bursts but I could imagine it could of felt much harder in a physical book form Reading others reviews many have mentioned the flaws but I really don t have the knowledge to dispute any of it I approached this not knowing many of the finer factual details or myth and left learning plenty and was engaged the whole way through so whatcan anybody ask from a non fictional book Four out of five stars from me

  5. Kendra Kendra says:

    An enjoyable, busy read about the sun Covered everything from mythology and religion, to the science over the years, to art, history, music, all built around the Sun Brother s collection

  6. Lillian Lillian says:

    I picked this book up at the Museum of Natural History, and when I finally got to reading it I can only phrase this text as a long string of disappointments occasionally interspersed with interesting facts Once in a while, the author would say something that was fascinating and engrossing, and sometimes it even continued for a full chapter rarely longer I feel like he could have presented his many facts in ainteresting manner, but that s not the major problem I have with this book, even I picked this book up at the Museum of Natural History, and when I finally got to reading it I can only phrase this text as a long string of disappointments occasionally interspersed with interesting facts Once in a while, the author would say something that was fascinating and engrossing, and sometimes it even continued for a full chapter rarely longer I feel like he could have presented his many facts in ainteresting manner, but that s not the major problem I have with this book, even though it is the most pervasive and made it one of the factors that most diminished the readability of the text.The cover page claims that Richard Cohen, the author, is writing in the grand tradition of the scholar adventurer , but he rarely brings himself back into the text, and when he does it s usually to marvel at some non Western cultural and to make small assertions that can do nothing but establish his belief, however subconscious, that non Western societies are strange, different, and above all else, never superior to the Western counterpart When talking about Chinese astronomy, he is quick to demean it When, at the beginning of the book, he talks about cultures in relation to the sun before science , it is almost entirely non Western societies he talks about When, at the end, he goes to India to see a sunset, it is filtered through the eyes of a Westerner who seems to love judging cultures that are not his own.Also, as mentioned by other reviewers, this man seems to discard global warming as happening simply because he met one scientist who doesn t like it, and his conclusions about it are basically well I don t want to accept that it s us so it s the sun If you look up the author, though, you discover that he s decided gay people don t exist because he claims to be converted straight, so it s really not a surprise that he leans towards the realm of pretending his lack of progressivism stems from some scientific base With his backwards opinions he just can t keep to himself, his constant othering of non Western cultures, and his privileged eight year long trek around the world in search of facts for his tedious book, I d say he does continue a grand tradition that of the Western, white man exploring parts of the world he doesn t understand and exploiting it, all so he tell the story he wants to

  7. Ariel Ariel says:

    To be honest, I wouldn t have naturally picked this up on my own steam It was mentioned in a group here on GoodReads in a challenge thread and caught my eye After looking into it a bit, I figured it might be right up my alley because it covers a wealth of subjects through the lens of it s specified solar theme and has the twist of popular science thrown in I m a pop science junkie Let s blame Bill Nye Or, you know, thank him I think I was hoping forauthor personality It felt a bit To be honest, I wouldn t have naturally picked this up on my own steam It was mentioned in a group here on GoodReads in a challenge thread and caught my eye After looking into it a bit, I figured it might be right up my alley because it covers a wealth of subjects through the lens of it s specified solar theme and has the twist of popular science thrown in I m a pop science junkie Let s blame Bill Nye Or, you know, thank him I think I was hoping forauthor personality It felt a bit like falling down a Wikipedia similar article hole at times though this was certainly better researched than most wikipedia pages The information was interesting and I found that it answered some questions I d had jangling and jumbling at the back of my head for ages I just wish certain chapters really any of the sections pertaining to the arts hadflavor There s certainly a time for frankness in such a book but when it s billed as a grand tradition of the scholar adventurer, I do expect a bit of the personal add in There is the odd anecdote here and there but it wasn t the norm All in all, Cohen s undertaking is impressive and there s enough interest to get through the book But there is the dry spot amidst the so called epic ness and a heavy chance of the odd skim through

  8. Cassandra Kay Silva Cassandra Kay Silva says:

    The opening chapters and the final chapters were pretty good, they werescience packed The middle chapters included things like Opera s devoted to the sun and Art devoted to the sun etc which in general I wouldn t have minded but he went through the artists so quick and with so little emphasis that I felt like I was reading lists in the middle of this book which was a total throw off, especially the songs devoted to the sun section They were also not in my opinion as well written a The opening chapters and the final chapters were pretty good, they werescience packed The middle chapters included things like Opera s devoted to the sun and Art devoted to the sun etc which in general I wouldn t have minded but he went through the artists so quick and with so little emphasis that I felt like I was reading lists in the middle of this book which was a total throw off, especially the songs devoted to the sun section They were also not in my opinion as well written and though you could tell that the author had a great love of art he had a hard time communicating this in words There was even a chapter on Sun inspired Sci Fi novels This was a bit of a lot of things, pretty much anything related to the sun and humans somehow made it into this book

  9. Bettie Bettie says:

    book of the week a combination of pop science, myth, historical trivia and travel.

  10. Christiane Christiane says:

    Fascination rendition of the significance of the Sun to humanity since the ascension of human consciousness to the mythology developed by us throughout historical times Worth reading it

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