Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Exploring the Secrets of the Aurora

Authors: Akasofu, Syun-Ichi

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About this book

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.

Reviews

"Besides space physicists, the book will be interesting to historians and sociologists of science. Historians, because it is a history of an important era of space physics seen from the inside. Sociologists, because Akasofu has strong opinions about the interactions among scientists. Finally, this is a collector's book. It has a handsome binding with a nice picture of an aurora on the cover. It is unique in its mix of science, history, philosophy and exhortation. It is the kind of book that will still beguile a tug off the library shelf 100 years from now."
(EOS, 84:41 (October 2003)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Search for the Unknown Quantity in the Solar Wind

    Pages 1-40

  • Confronting Paradigms: Aurora Research During the Early Space Age

    Pages 41-88

  • Realizing the Dream of Our Pioneers: Polar Magnetic Substorms and the Associated Current System

    Pages 89-132

  • Is the Earth’s Dipole Really Offcentered and Inclined?: Planetary Magnetic Fields

    Pages 133-148

  • Myth of the Emerging Flux Tubes: Sunspots and Solar Flares

    Pages 149-164

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eBook $74.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring the Secrets of the Aurora
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
278
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47970-0
DOI
10.1007/0-306-47970-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-4280-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 235
Number of Illustrations and Tables
194 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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