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review 2018-05-16 17:26
Aurora, Melanie Windridge
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge

This is a blend of travelogue, scientific explanation and cultural and scientific history. It is most successful at the travelogue and least successful at the scientific explanation. The author unfortunately suffers from the "Curse of Knowledge" at times, whereby understanding gained over many years of hard study becomes second-nature and one forgets that even the basics are unfamilar to most people - even most well educated people. This makes some of the attempts to explain the origins of the aurora somewhat muddled. It's worth reading, though, if you are interested in the aurora, polar exploration or how vulnerable much of our technology is to events utterly beyond our control, whose ultimate origin is our sun.

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text 2018-05-07 17:18
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 320 pages.
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge

A nice description of how big geomagnetic storms can cause power cuts.

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text 2018-04-19 19:29
Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 320 pages.
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge

The author of this book is currently at Everest base camp in Nepal, preparing for an ascent.

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text 2018-04-07 20:56
Reading progress update: I've read 204 out of 320 pages.
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge Sometimes the transition from science explanation to travelogue is abrupt and jarring.
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text 2018-03-26 04:15
Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 320 pages.
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights - Melanie Windridge

Scotland and the variability of solar activity.

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