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The Northern Lights By Lucy Jago

The Northern Lights
by Lucy Jago

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This is the tale of visionary scientist Kristian Birkeland's sacrifice of love and happiness on a journey of scientific discovery to explain the Northern Lights. The journey cost him his sanity and his life - but it left us with a legacy that still remains central to our understanding of the world.
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The Northern Lights: How One Man Sacrificed Love, Happiness and Sanity to Unlock the Secrets of Space by Lucy Jago

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.

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About Lucy Jago

Lucy Jago is in her early 30s and lives in London. She is a former television documentary producer and 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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The Northern Lights: How One Man Sacrificed Love, Happiness and Sanity to Unlock the Secrets of Space by Lucy Jago
Lucy Jago
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Penguin Books Ltd
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