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Exploring the Secrets of the Aurora

Akasofu, Syun-Ichi

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002, XXXVIII, 235 p.

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Prominent progress in science is inevitably associated with controversies. Thus, young researchers, in particular, have to learn how to persevere during the period of controversy and struggle for acceptance. Unfortunately, the skills needed are not taught in textbooks or monographs, which mostly describe the consensus of contemporary experts.
This book, which is based on my own experiences as a scientist, describes the history of the progress made in auroral science and magnetospheric physics by providing examples of ideas, controversies, struggles, acceptance, and success in some instances.
Although no general methodology (if any exists) is mentioned, I hope that the reader will learn about the history of progress in auroral science and examples (right or wrong) of dealing with the controversies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Heliosphere - Planet - Solar flare - Solar wind - Storm - Sunspot - Weather - magnetic field - solar - wind

Related subjects » Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Atmospheric Sciences - Geophysics & Geodesy - Particle and Nuclear Physics

Table of contents 

Source of Figures. Preface. Prologue. 1. Search For The Unknown Quantity In The Solar Wind. 2. Confronting Paradigms: Aurora Research During The Early Space Age. 3. Realizing The Dream Of Our Pioneers: Polar Magnetic Substorms And The Associated Current System. 4. Is The Earth's Dipole Really Off-Centered And Inclined? Planetary Magnetic Fields. 5. Myth Of The Emerging Flux Tubes: Sunspots And Solar Flares. 6. Synthesis Of The Four Major Disciplines: Predicting Geomagnetic Storms As A Space Weather Project. 7. Beyond The Inner Heliosphere: The Magnetic Field Structure Of The Outer Heliosphere: A Three-Dimensional Model. Epilogue. Further Readings: Mostly Historical. Name Index. Index.

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