The connection between solar activity and human history has been largely untold. With an engaging voice and never before seen research, bestselling author Lawrence Joseph offers evidence that changes in the sun’s behavior not only provoke shifts in the climate, but also disrupt our personal lives, determine the course of history, and shape our destiny. More importantly, the sun continues to communicate with us and change our daily lives, and in 2012 scientists predict one of the greatest solar activity years in history, which could have a huge impact on our world.
Connecting current research in solar physics to biology, politics, and culture, this book will force us to rethink our understanding of human history. According to Joseph, spikes in solar output have been correlated with drops in the stock market, and the Vikings would not have discovered North America if fluctuations in solar activity hadn’t melted the formerly ice-choked North Atlantic. The sun does more than influence our climate and help plants grow. Solar activity is at the root of all that we know, and it soon could be the cause of major disasters if we don’t start taking heed of its lessons.