Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

Hardcover | April 12, 2016

byDr Melanie Windridge

not yet rated|write a review
The beautiful aurorae, or northern lights, are the stuff of legends. The ancient stories of the Sami people warn that if you mock the lights they will seize you, and their mythical appeal continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people across the globe.Aurora explores the visual beauty, ancient myths and science of the northern lights and challenges the popular theory of how the lights are formed. Plasma physicist Melanie Windridge explains this extraordinary and evocative phenomenon, a scientific marvel unlike any other in which the powers of astronomy, geology, magnetism and atomic physics combine to create one of the wonders of the natural world.As Melanie travels in search of the perfect aurora, she uncovers the scientific realities of this plasmic phenomenon full of natural power. She combines the science behind the lights with a fascinating travelogue as she pursues the aurora across the northern hemisphere - from the Arctic Circle to Scotland.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.30 online
$34.99 list price (save 21%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

The beautiful aurorae, or northern lights, are the stuff of legends. The ancient stories of the Sami people warn that if you mock the lights they will seize you, and their mythical appeal continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people across the globe.Aurora explores the visual beauty, ancient myths and science of the northe...

Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, lecturer and writer with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy and is Business Development Manager for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, as well as working in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and Your Life. Melanie loves the mountains and believes science and exploration ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008156093

ISBN - 13:9780008156091

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

'Captivating' Nature'Spell-binding . a brilliant blend of auroral science, polar exploration, Sami heritage and folklore . full of wonders.' The Simple Things'Her greatest strength is her ability to illuminate science for the lay person.' Literary Review'Her enthusiasm for all things aurora is, ultimately, infectious and there will be something of interest here for anyone with even a passing curiosity in this remarkable natural phenomenon' The Times Literary Supplement