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Picture of Science and Daily Life in the Study of the Northern Lights, 1898–1928

Science and Daily Life in the Study of the Northern Lights, 1898–1928

Author(s): Mette Bunting, Toril Synnøve Jenssen

Book Description

The world’s first Northern Lights observatory is the focus of this account about everyday life and epoch-making pioneering of geophysical research on Haldde Mountain in Finnmark, Norway. Inside four walls in extreme weather conditions at 9000 metres above sea level, the residents formed a class-divided mini-society with researchers, assistants, wives and maids.

This book provides an insight into eventful years of the last century. Children are born, photographs and measurements of the Northern Lights are taken, the research develops, and important people die. The work conducted on Haldde Mountain resulted in a geophysical institute and weather forecasting services for Northern Norway and was the basis for the foundation of Norway’s most northern university. The book builds on private letters, memoirs and archive material about daily life and research.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0811-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0811-0
Date of Publication: 01/05/2018
Pages / Size: 358 / A5
Price: £64.99


Mette Bunting is Professor of Educational Science in the Department of Educational Science at the University of South-Eastern Norway. She leads both national and international research projects about youth and dropping out of school. Her research interests include learning strategies, leadership and inclusive education.

Toril Synnøve Jenssen is a retired Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway, having previously served as Associate Professor at Finnmark University College in Alta, Norway. She holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology, and her field of research focuses on work in child and family protection, with special emphasis on the use of family counselling in foster work.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2424-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2424-8
Date of Publication: 01/04/2019
Pages / Size: 358 / A5
Price: £49.99