The Solar Engine and Its Influence on Terrestrial Atmosphere and Climate

  • Elizabeth Nesme-Ribes

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Paul H. Roberts
    Pages 1-26
  3. Günther Rüdiger, Leonid L. Kitchatinov
    Pages 27-47
  4. Douglas V. Hoyt, Kenneth H. Schatten, Elizabeth Nesmes-Ribes
    Pages 57-70
  5. E. Nesme-Ribes, D. Sokoloff, J. C. Ribes, M. Kremliovsky
    Pages 71-97
  6. W. Livingston
    Pages 145-162
  7. Judith Lean
    Pages 163-184
  8. Ph. Delache, R. J. Kroll
    Pages 193-202
  9. J. Beer, F. Joos, C. Lukasczyk, W. Mende, J. Rodriguez, U. Siegenthaler et al.
    Pages 221-233

About these proceedings


The message of sunspots from the interior of the Sun to the Earth's climate When Galileo was summoned before the Inquisition on April 12, 1633, the main accusations laid against him concerned the doubts he expressed about Aristotle's theory of the universe. Aristotle's idea was that the Earth was the centre of the cosmos and that all of the stars, including the Sun, turned around it. Moreover, for Aristotle and the world of the Inquisitors, the Sun was a perfect celestial body. Now, Galileo had discovered spots on the Sun. These spots were seen as imperfections, and not just surface markings, but coming from within the Sun. Worse yet, they revolved around the Sun. All this supported the newfangled theory of Copernicus, and undermined a system of thought that had reigned supreme for centuries. Man of science that he was, and a prudent Catholic too, Galileo strived all his life to prove that Copernicus' astronomical concept was compatible with the word of the Bible. He proposed that there were not two truths but a single divine truth. It was just expressed in two different languages : there was the language of the common people, with its imprecision and inconsistencies, but intuitively understandable by everyone; and then there was the precise language of science with its strict regard for observation, which only a chosen few can grasp [L. Geymonat. 1992].


Atmosphere Atmosphäre Ice Age Klimatologie Solar dynamics Sonnendynamik climate climatology ocean water

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Nesme-Ribes
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRS, Observatoire de ParisMeudonFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79259-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79257-1
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences