By Shannon McNally
The book I chose to read is called The Sun's Heartbeat by Bob Berman. It is a book that contains everything you could ever want to know about the Sun itself and its important and vital role in our way of life on our planet. The book follows the Sun's life from the moment of it's birth to it's death while also placing emphasis on pivotal moments in various points of it's life. The book explains everything about the Sun from who it's parent stars were that gave birth to it to how it can cause strange phenomenon like the aurora borealis and sunspots. Some interesting facts that are mentioned in the book is how the Sun can be safer than sunscreen and whether there is a relationship between sunspots and wheat production. The Sun's Heartbeat also brings to light the future of our Sun and thus it's ultimate fate to end up as a white dwarf and then cool down to a black dwarf.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved how in-depth the author went into about each aspect of the subjects being discussed in each chapter and how the author brought humor into his explanations and made something boring into something funny and interesting. I really loved the parts where the author told stories about his own life to relate to the topic being told to us. This showed me that the author was truly speaking from experience. The book also told the reader about people from history that we might not know about but contributed to science in their own way. I also liked how the book was not afraid to take risks with it's storytelling like insulting the intelligence of our ancestors for example. My favorite aspect of the book would be the comparisons between two topics made in order to make it easier for the reader to understand what is being told. I think this book is absolutely perfect in every way and would gladly read it again. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Sun or space in general.
How It Relates to ESS
This book goes into great detail about the Sun and it's influences on our planet and way of life. It talks about everything you could ever want to know about the Sun and more. This book is special in that it doesn't focus solely on the Sun, but also on other things like the moon and our solar system. This book basically expanded on what I learned in ESS during the first semester in a humorous way while also teaching me new things that not many people might know about.