Rejuvenating the Sun and Avoiding Other Global Catastrophes - Astronomers' Universe (Paperback)Martin Beech (author)
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Canadian academic Martin Beech has written a text that attempts to cross the line between science fiction and science fact. Put simply, his book details a method that just might be able to stop the Sun from losing its power and, ultimately, save humanity and the Earth itself. It investigates the idea that the distant future evolution of our Sun might be controlled (or `asteroengineered') so that it maintains its present-day energy output rather than becoming a bloated red giant star: a process that would destroy all life on Earth.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 373 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 12 mm
Edition: 2008 ed.
From the reviews:
"In this book based on several of his previously published scientific articles, Beech ... investigates the idea that the evolution of the sun can be controlled. ... the book offers much fascinating material on extraterrestrial life and provides an interesting discussion of why extraterrestrials have never visited Earth. ... Each chapter ends with extensive notes and references. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through researchers." (B. R. Parker, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)
"Beech takes great care and time to fully describe the workings of the Sun. As a grounding in solar astrophysics this is an excellent read and even if we do not know exactly how we could engineer our Sun at the present time, it is a useful thought experiment to better understand how our Sun operates. ... Add to this some interesting insights into SETI, Solar System colonisation and humanity's near future, and you have a very thought-provoking book." (Keith Cooper, Astronomy Now, July, 2008)
"If you have ever mused over what will become of Mother Earth when the Sun evolves away from the main sequence, here is a book to carry you further into the realms of futuristic science than you have probably hitherto visited. ... The book discusses the probabilities and devastation levels of known celestial-based disasters from supernovae to large meteorites. ... Beech writes well, with a slight whimsical humour ... he offers a comfortable read." (Elizabeth Griffin, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1206), October, 2008)
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