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Ball Lightning

A Popular Guide to a Longstanding Mystery in Atmospheric Electricity

  • Herbert Boerner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 155-205

About this book

Introduction

Ball lightning is an enigma. These luminous objects that appear occasionally during thunderstorms and can reach several meters in diameter have been a mystery to science for about 200 years. Despite several thousands of reported observations, their nature is still unknown. In this book, well documented cases of ball lightning are described and used to unravel some aspects of this mysterious form of atmospheric electricity. Throughout the book, the author discusses the various facets of the problem in an accessible but rigorous style, delivering a readable and informative text that will captivate the curious reader. He finally reaches the surprising conclusion that the solution to this puzzle may have been hidden in plain sight for many years. 

A foreword by Earle Williams, leading lightning researcher at MIT, introduces the book.

Keywords

Lightning physics Positive lightning Superbolts Lightning location systems Citizen science Occam's razor

Authors and affiliations

  • Herbert Boerner
    • 1
  1. 1.MainzGermany

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