The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

by Lucy Jago
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The Northern Lights by Lucy Jago

  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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375708824
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,285,205
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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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Northern Lights 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Fascinating book on what the Northern Lights were thought to be and the revelations of what they really are. I found the best part of the book is when Berkeland is first trying to determine what the Northern Lights are and the winter he and his team spent on top of a mountain in Norway. Harrowing.