Science for Everyone – Our Planet – The Earth

The book in this post is titled Our Planet – The Earth by A. V. Byalko. The book is wonderfully written and well illustrated. This is a book which mingles with a lot of disciplines and presents us with a better understanding of all the phenomena concerning Our Planet – The Earth: right from the astronomical to terrestrial. The mere breadth of the subject that this book covers is amazing, our path in space, other celestial bodies, the sun its working and interiors, Earth’s  atmosphere its oceans and finally the climate on the Earth.

The back cover of the book says:

The physical principles underlying the global phenomena that occur on the Earth and other planets in the solar system are presented in away accessible to older pupils at school.The similarities between the phenomenon the various planets are due to the nature of their common star, the Sun. The Sun’s structure,the nuclear reactions proceeding within its core,and the stability of its nuclear fires take up an entire chapter. This book will help answer many of the questions often asked, such as where does the wind come from,what are clouds made of, what are ocean currents, and what affects the Earth’s climate.

This wonderful book in the Science for Everyone series which is presented in this post was first introduced to me by, thanks to him. The book was translated from the Russian by Yu. M. Taube and the Russian edition was edited by Ya, A. Smorodinsky [we have a book by him in the SFE series Temperature] and was first published by Mir in 1987.

Update Jan 2020

The Internet Archive Link

The contents are as under

Chapter 1. The Earth’s Path in Space and Time 8

1. Celestial Sphere 8
2. The Cosmological Time Scale 16
3. Big Bang Light 23
4. The Motion of the Earth and the Planets Around the Sun 37

Chapter 2. Mobile Firmament of Heavenly Bodies 57

1. Kinematics of the Earth’s Rotation 57
2. Physical Background of the Calendar 66
3. Rotation of the Moon and Planets 70
4. Forms of Celestial Bodies 78
5. The Earth and the Moon 88
6. Why the Interior of Planets Is Hot? 101

Chapter 3. The Sun: a Source of Energy 113

1. First Information on the Sun 113
2. The Sun’s Interior 120
3. The Energy of Nuclear Reactions 128
4. Can the Sun Explode? 138
5. The Sun’s Atmosphere 149

Chapter 4. Atmosphere and Ocean 165

1. The Composition of the Atmosphere 165
2. Thermal Equilibrium of Planets Their Atmospheres and Oceans 172
3. The “Puff-Pastry” of the Earth’s Atmosphere 185
4. The Earth’s Winds 196
5. The World Ocean and Its Currents 214

Chapter 5. The Earth’s Climate 235

1. Clouds 235
2. What is Weather and What is Climate? 248
3. Causes of Climatic Changes 269
4. The Cold “Breath” of the Ecliptic 284
5. The Climate and Civilization 294

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8 Responses to Science for Everyone – Our Planet – The Earth

  1. somen says:

    many many thanks damitr.what will be your next post after finshing “science for everyone “series .can you provide post of Energy and entropy by aleekseev


  2. damitr says:

    I have a lot of books piled up, in which post-processing is still required and Aleekseev falls there, so you will have to wait for a while. But in the meanwhile we will be seeing the gems in Little Mathematics Library first.



  3. Muthuvel says:

    Thats cool damitr
    Thanks again


  4. Ganeshkumar says:

    Hi Damitr,

    Both the links are not working in Astronomy. Can you please help me with it.


  5. m95 says:

    link is dead, could you please update it?


  6. Flame Jones says:

    Link not woring – July 12th, 2012.


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