KPAnlNfA BOOK REVIEWS TH E MAUNDE R MINIMU M AN D TH E VARIABL E SUN-EART H CONNECTIO N Willie Wei-Hock Soon and Steven H. Yaskell, 2003, 296 pp., $77.00, hardbound, World Scientific, ISBN 981-238-274-7 n reading Soon and Yaskell's meandering histori- Carlowicz and Ramon E. Lopez), but it is essential to cal narrative on the connections between solar ac- see it in its proper historical context with respect to tivity and variability to terrestrial weather and cli- solar influences on the lower atmosphere (e.g., The mate change, one is often reminded of Mark Twain's Role of the Sun in Climate Change, by Douglas V. famous adage: "There is something fascinating about Hoyt and Kenneth H. Schatten). science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjec- The principal protagonists of the story, E. Walter ture out of such a trifling investment of fact." While and Annie S. D. Maunder, make their entrance at this one might argue that Twain was being too critical of point in the book. The authors have made contacts science, he was quite on the mark when it comes to with an archivist and descendants of the science of solar-terrestrial interactions. this fascinating astronomical couple, In
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