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Steve Jones: Here Comes The Sun!

Our sun drives the weather, forms the landscape, feeds and fuels – but sometimes destroys – the creatures that live upon it, controls their patterns of activity, makes chemicals in the skin that cheer up those who bask in its rays, and for the ancients was the seat of divine authority.

In Here Comes the Sun, Steve Jones shows how life on Earth is ruled by our nearest star. The book is filled with unexpected connections; between the need to stay cool and man’s ability to stand upright, between the power of memory and the onset of darkness, between the flow of solar energy through the plants and animals and of wealth through society, and between Joseph Goebbel’s 1938 scheme to make Edinburgh the summer capital of a defeated Britain and the widening gap in the life expectancy of Scottish men compared to that of other European men brought on by that nation’s cloudy climate.

Its author charts some of his own research in places hot and cold across the globe on the genetic and evolutionary effects of sun-light on snails, fruit-flies and people and shows how what was once no more an eccentric specialism has grown to become a subject of wide scientific, social and political significance.

Steve Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and appears frequently on radio and television.

"A richly readable guide to all things solar . . . one of the country's best writers of popular science. His wit, insight and ability to home in on a subject's most memorable facts enliven Here Comes The Sun from the start." Daily Mail

This event is part of the ‘Climate Change & the Environment Futures’ strand of programming.

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Mill Bay,
Folkestone,
Kent,
CT20 1BN

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