The Northern Lights: How One Man Sacrificed Love, Happiness and Sanity to Unlock the Secrets of Space

Author(s): Lucy Jago


The Northern Lights is the story of one man destroyed by his genius. In a true and compelling human drama, visionary scientist Kristian Birkeland sacrifices love and happiness on a journey of scientific discovery to explain the Northern Lights. The journey cost him his sanity, and, ultimately, his life - but it left us with a legacy of such brilliance that, even today, it remains central to our understanding of the world. Today, Birkeland's contribution to our understanding of the planet and the solar system beyond compares to that of Isaac Newton.

Lucy Jago was awarded a double first from Cambridge University and an MA from the Courtauld Institute in the History of Art. From there she went on to make history, arts and social documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and wrote articles for various publications. She stumbled upon the story of Kristian Birkeland while filming in the Arctic Circle. She lives in Dorset and is currently working on her second book.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780241140925
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : pengui
  • : 0.488973
  • : May 2001
  • : 1.18 Inches X 8.69 Inches X 6.66 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lucy Jago
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 320