Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life

eBook - 2010
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In the grand tradition of the scholar-adventurer, acclaimed author Richard Cohen takes us around the world to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life. Drawing on more than seven years of research, he reports from locations in eighteen different countries. As he soon discovers, the Sun is present everywhere--in mythology, language, religion, politics, sciences, art, literature, and medicine, even in the ocean's depths. For some ancient worshippers, our star was a man abandoned by his spouse because his brightness made her weary. The early Christians appropriated the Sun's imagery, with the cross becoming an emblem of the star and its rays, and the halo a variation of that. Einstein helped replicate the Sun's power to create the atomic bomb, while Richard Wagner had Tristan inveigh against daylight as the enemy of romantic love. In this splendidly illustrated volume packed with captivating facts, extraordinary myths, and surprising anecdotes, Cohen not only explains the star that so inspires us, but shows how multifacted our relationship with it has been--and continues to be.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781588369345
158836934X
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxi, 574 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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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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