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Critical Account of Scientific Reading

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Critical Account of Scientific Reading. Title: "Sunstorm" (A Time Odyssey: Book 2) Author: Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. Chapter and Page Numbers: Chapter 6 (Forecast) Pages 29 -32 Chapter 8 (Recovery) Pages 41 - 44 Chapter 18 (Announcement) Pages 105 - 123 Book published: Great Britain, Year 2005. Book Edition: I used the 2006 Book edition. Overview of the Book: "Sunstorm" is a book based on an epic account on human epochal struggle to survive and a revelation of human place in a dangerous universe. In the year 2037, the Sun flares. Suddenly, the human high-technology civilisation seems terribly vulnerable. They recover. They re-build Earth, but this is just the precursor. In April 2042, in just five years, the sun will flare once more. But this time, the sun will hurl out in one day the energy it would normally spend in a year. This time nothing on Earth will survive. As plans are drawn up to save the extinction of man-kind, as all Earth's resources are mobilised for one unimaginable engineering effort, one question rages: Why now? ...read more.

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These effects counteract, giving no solution, but more problems. They have to make the shield at equilibrium, where both effects are balanced, giving the most efficient shield to deflect the flare from the Earth. Science extracts from "Sunstorm": "The Sun has been shining for five billion years, breathing out heat and light and the solar wing, a stream of high-energy charged particles...Meanwhile sunspots, cooler areas dominated by tangles of magnetic fields, were noticed by humans on the sun's surface ...From such troubled areas, flares and immense explosions can spew high-frequency radiation and fast moving charged particles out into space. All this is 'weather' batters against the layers of air and electromagnetism that shield the Earth." - Pages 30 - 31. This conveys the idea of the Sun being partitioned and having segments of which there are regions of the Sun where it was cool and active regions within the Sun's surface which radiated vast amounts of energy. Except what is most peculiar about the formation of the Sun is that there is a new active region, which had caused the Sunstorm on the Earth, and other neighbouring planets orbiting the Sun such as Mars. ...read more.

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There is enlightenment in this text which fascinates the reader with concise details and information about the Sun. Personal Response: "Sun Storm" is a well written novel; the chapters that I read from this abstract aid the explanation of the subject matter. It justifies the scenario of a flare pursuing towards the Earth, creating catastrophe down on the planet; however the text explains and considers the storm just as a precursor. Another sun storm will arise, on a much vast scale, enhancing the chances of human survival to a slim chance. The language used is very technical, with complex scientific language, which develops the setting of the text being displayed in a scientific area, and the vocabulary used shows the common technical science language used in a space station. The language is very informative and concise with detail. The extracts that I have studied are constructed well, and understandable to a mature audience, and I have enjoyed reading "Sun Storm" as it reflects on ideas that could happen at any time, and shows realism in today's society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Heelen Shah 11.E AS Science in the Public Understanding Coursework ...read more.

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