Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Carl Størmer

Auroral Pioneer

Authors: Egeland, Alv, Burke, William J.

  • Unfolds the complexity and beauty of aurora borealis for a general audience in easy to understand prose
  • Demonstrates how a dedicated scientist could resolve mysteries of space using just groundbased observations
  • Provides a realistic basis for understanding how the space-age world we live in came to be
  • Singular access to family archives allowed the authors to write the first and only biography of Carl Størmer
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This biography summarizes the seminal contributions to auroral and space science of Carl Størmer (1874 - 1957). He was the first to develop precise photographic methods to calculate heights and morphologies of diverse auroral forms during four solar cycles. Størmer independently devised numerical techniques to determine the trajectories of high-energy charged particles allowed and forbidden in the Earth’s magnetic field. His theoretical analyses explained cosmic ray access to the upper atmosphere, 20 years before they were identified by other scientists. Størmer’s crowning achievement, “The Polar Aurora,” published when he was 81 years old, stands to this day as a regularly cited guide in graduate-level courses on space physics.
 
The authors present the life of this prodigious scientist in relation to the cultural life of early 20th century in Norway and to the development of the space sciences in the post-Sputnik era.

About the authors

Alv Egeland is an Emeritus Professor Professor in space physics/cosmic physics at the University of Oslo. He was Director of the Norwegian Institute of Cosmic Physics 1968-72. Prof. Egeland received several awards including The Order of Merit in Gold from the King of Norway, in 2002, and is author or co-author of 17 books.
Dr. William J. Burke got his Ph.D. in 1971 from MIT. During his scientific career he lead several teams for satellite experiments. He authored or co-authored about 300 scientific publications.

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“The authors give a detailed account of his early life, his parents, and Størmer’s growing interest in mathematics, astronomy, and botany. … for those who have seen, or harbour hopes of seeing, the lights in the northern sky, this is a book worth reading as it will infect the reader with some of Størmer’s magic and will make the experience so much more meaningful.” (Ken Kennedy, The Observatory, Vol. 134 (1242), October, 2014)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Egeland, Alv (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Carl Størmer’s Origins

    Egeland, Alv (et al.)

    Pages 9-28

  • Størmer’s Auroral Studies

    Egeland, Alv (et al.)

    Pages 29-107

  • Mother-of-Pearl and Noctilucent Clouds, Comets and Meteors

    Egeland, Alv (et al.)

    Pages 109-114

  • Botanical Interests

    Egeland, Alv (et al.)

    Pages 115-118

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-31456-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-662-51026-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Carl Størmer
Book Subtitle
Auroral Pioneer
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
393
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-31457-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-31457-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-31456-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51026-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 195
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