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The Northern Lights: How One Man Sacrificed Love, Happiness and Sanity to Solve the Mystery of the Aurora Borealis Paperback – 2 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (2 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140290158
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this non-fiction debut, Lucy Jago tells the fascinating and moving story of visionary scientist, Kristian Birkeland, the man whose quest to solve the mystery of the Northern Lights cost him his sanity, and ultimately his life. Discovered dead in a Japanese hotel room in June 1917, in suspicious circumstances, the tragedy and mystery of Birkeland's life is a hitherto untold drama, set against some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth, from the ice mountains of Northern Norway to the deserts of Africa, at a time of political upheaval and war. Misunderstood in his lifetime, Birkeland's ideas about our universe are now considered brilliantly prophetic. The story of how he arrived at them, sacrificing love and happiness in the pursuit of knowledge, is as stirring as any in modern science.

About the Author

Lucy Jago is in her early 30s and lives in London. She is a former television documentary producer who fell in love with the story of Kristian Birkeland when in Norway filming the aurora borealis for a BBC 1 documentary.

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