The Northern Lights

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18.12.2007 - 320 Seiten

  Science, biography, and arctic exploration coverage in this extraordinary true story of the life and work of Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland, the troubled genius who solved the mysteries of one of nature’s most spectacular displays.  
   Captivated by the otherworldly lights of the aurora borealis, Birkeland embarked on a lifelong quest to discover their cause.  His pursuit took him to some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, from the remote snowcapped mountains of Norway to the war-torn deserts of Africa.  In the face of rebuke by the scientific establishment, sabotage by a jealous rival, and his own battles with depression and paranoia, Birkeland remained steadfast.  Although ultimately vindicated, his theories were unheralded—and his hopes for the Nobel Prize scuttled—at the time of his suspicious death in 1917.
   The Northern Lights offers a brilliant account of the physics behind the aurora borealis and a rare look inside the mind of one of history's most visionary scientists.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - tnilsson - LibraryThing

Great biography/natural science book. I wish the author had included more about what people thought about the northern lights throughout history, before the 1800s, and a bit more about what we've ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Story of Kristian Birkeland, the Norwegian physicist who was first to explain the Northern Lights in 1900 before slipping to drug & alcohol fuelled decline. Read Sept 2006 Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Title Page
Aurora Borealis
Land of the Lapps
The Castle
A Warning
Riddle Solved
The Cannon
Mad Dogs
The Furnace
10Ida
Looking Back from Space
Vast Infinite Space
Zodiacal Light
15War
Letters from Home
Epilogue

The Terrella

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Über den Autor (2007)

Lucy Jago is a former documentary producer for Channel 4 and the BBC. She has been awarded two academic scholarships and a Double First Class Honours Degree from King's College, University of Cambridge, and a master's degree from the Courtauld Institute, London. She lives in Dorset, England.

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