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Record Nr.

NYU004608284

Autore

[Akasofu, Syun-Ichi]

Titolo

Exploring the secrets of the aurora / by Syun-Ichi Akasofu

Pubbl/distr/stampa

Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©2002

ISBN

0306479702

9780306479700

9781402006852

1402006853

Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (xxxviii, 235 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.

Collana

Astrophysics and space science library ; v. 278

Classificazione

38.71

Disciplina

538/.768

Collocazione

Electronic access

Lingua di pubblicazione

Inglese

Formato

Materiale a stampa

Livello bibliografico

Monografia

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-216) and indexes.

Nota di contenuto

Search for the unknown quantity in the solar wind -- Confronting paradigms: aurora research during the early space age -- Realizing the dream of our pioneers: polar magnetic substorms and the associated current system -- Is the earth's dipole really off-centered and inclined? : planetary magnectic fields -- Myth of the emerging flux tubes: sunspots and solar flares -- Synthesis of the four major disciplines: predicting geomagnetic storms as a space weather project -- Beyond the inner heliosphere: the magnetic field structure of the outer heliosphere: a three-dimensional model.

Sommario/riassunto

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.