On the Nature of Ball Lightning

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Convection 

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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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