On the Nature of Ball Lightning

  • P. L. Kapitza
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 46)


The nature of ball lightning remains obscure. This is so because ball lightning represents a rather rare phenomenon which no one has so far managed to reproduce quite convincingly in laboratory conditions. There are many hypotheses about the nature of ball lightning [1, 2], but our present remarks have apparently not been published so far. They deserve attention mainly because their verification leads to a well-defined avenue of experimental research.




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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Kapitza
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Physical ProblemsAcademy of SciencesMoscowU.S.S.R.

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