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Christopher Cooper is an expert in energy policy and is a Senior Research Fellow at Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy & the Environment. He has traveled the globe analyzing the most effective methods of harnessing the sun's energy -- from solar towers in South Korea to massive photovoltaic arrays in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. He has written extensively on solar power and the effects of solar activity on electrical systems, including designing a comprehensive plan to protect the North American electricity grid from impending solar storms. His work is published widely in academic journals and trade press from Energy Policy to The Electricity Journal. In 2005, he founded the New York-based Network for New Energy Choices, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding distributed generation and consumer choice in electricity markets. He graduated from Wake Forest University, where he studied politics and ancient religions, holds a master's degree in communication theory from the University of Miami, and earned a J.D. with a certificate in energy law from Vermont Law School (America's top-ranked energy & environmental law program, according to U.S. News & World Report).

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"Anyone will be able to pick up this book and learn something about the sun. Highly recommended" - Choice magazine

"The Solar Dynamics Observatory is one of several recently deployed satellites studying the sun, and NASA plans several others. These satellites have greatly improved humans' knowledge of the sun, and Cooper (energy specialist, researcher, Vermont Law Sch. Inst. for Energy & the Environment) has done a brilliant job of synthesizing and gingerly explaining our current understanding of this star. Organized like a biography, the work covers the period from the big bang to the sun's birth and then predicts the sun's red giant phase, theorized to occur 5.4 billion years from now. Then the expanding sun will swallow Earth, shrink into a white dwarf, and gradually cool. Published in coffee-table format, with a shining selection of pictures and diagrams, this book addresses much more than just heliophysics, as several chapters focus on the sun's social, religious, and historical aspects. VERDICT Everything you need to know about the sun is in this stellar work, which will appeal to readers of all ages and levels." - Library Journal

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