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The Sun

One Thousand Years of Scientific Imagery

Katy Barrett and Harry Cliff

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 172 1


    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 120

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    Date published: October, 2018

    UK £20 /US $27.95


Dazzling, beautiful, powerful, mysterious – the Sun has fascinated people throughout history. This book charts our changing understanding of the Sun through a rich collection of scientific imagery: from a 10th-century manuscript drawing of an Earth-centred universe, to awe-inspiring close-ups of our turbulent star taken by orbiting spacecraft. Each image tells a story of evolving knowledge and techniques as well as the personal dedication of the theologians, artists and astronomers who made them.

Published to accompany the special exhibition The Sun: Living with Our Star, running at the Science Museum from 6 October 2018 to 6 May 2019.

Author information

Dr Katy Barrett is Curator of Art Collections at the Science Museum. Dr Harry Cliff is a particle physicist at the University of Cambridge and lead curator of the Science Museum’s Sun exhibition.