Music of the Sun

Pages: 300
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: Illustrations (some col.)

Music of the Sun

The Story of Helioseismology

William J. Chaplin

Esteemed lecturer William James Chaplin unveils numerous solar secrets while describing the advances made in the new science of helioseismology.
9781851684519 (29 Jun 2006)
RRP £27.00 / US$38.00

The Book

Four hundred years after Kepler discovered his third law of planetary motion, disproving the Pythagorean notion of ‘the music of the spheres', music was discovered in the Sun.

With this discovery the science of helioseismology was born. Just as we can see the face of a foetus in the womb via ultrasound, and as bats can ‘see' their way around using sonar, helioseismologists can now see inside the depths of the sun simply by listening to it.

In The Music of the Sun, renowned helioseismologist William Chaplin tells the story of this discipline's origins and gives us invaluable insight into its implications - not only for better understanding the distant sun and stars - but for cosmology, particle physics, and the very relationship between the Sun and the Earth.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 300
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations Illustrations (some col.)


About the Author

William J. Chaplin is Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham. He has held research positions throughout Europe and the UK and is the author of over sixty articles and papers.


"An excellent introduction. Recommended for solar physicists and laypersons"

- Choice

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Introduction 1

2 Our Star, the Sun 11

3 How to Make a Star Ring 33

4 The Story Begins 57

5 Going Global 81

6 Early Successes 111

7 Taking in the Sun's Rays 137

8 From Particle Physics to Cosmology 175

9 In a Spin 206

10 Getting Active - the Solar Cycle 231

11 The Present and Future 273

Index 287