Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora <p>Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica ('Classic Studies of the Northern Lights') is a series of digitized books, with&nbsp;introductions in the form of&nbsp;biographical&nbsp;essays and detailed summaries of contents. All content is Open Access. High resolution images are available upon request.</p> en-US per.pippin.aspaas@uit.no (Per Pippin Aspaas) septentrio@ub.uit.no (Septentrio Academic Publishing) Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:50:52 +0200 OJS 3.3.0.7 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Friedrich Christoph Mayer and his theory of the aurora borealis https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5786 <p>The eleventh volume in the series presents two articles on the aurora borealis by Friedrich Christoph Mayer (1697–1729), a mathematician at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. The first paper, titled “De Luce Boreali” (On the Northern Light), was presented during a session at the newly founded Academy in October 1726. It was printed two years later (1728) in the very first volume of its official periodical, the <em>Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae</em>. The second paper, also bearing the title “De Luce Boreali”, constitutes the author’s ‘second thoughts’ on the matter. It was presented during a session in October 1728 but was not printed until after Mayer’s death, in the fifth volume of the <em>Commentarii </em>(1735). Both papers are included in facsimile in this issue of <em>Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica.</em></p> <p>Eric Chassefière, member of the <em>Histoire des sciences astronomiques</em> team of the SYRTE laboratory at the Observatoire de Paris, has written an introduction to Mayer’s life and works with a special emphasis on his theory of the aurora borealis. In his introduction, Chassefière also recounts how Mayer’s theory was received by other eighteenth-century savants.</p> Eric Chassefière Copyright (c) 2021 Eric Chassefière https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5786 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 De Luce Boreali https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5785 <p>This is Friedrich Christoph Mayer's second article "De Luce Boreali" (On the Nothern Light), as published in the <em>Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae </em>Tomus IV ad annum 1729 (printed 1735).</p> Friedrich Christoph Mayer Copyright (c) 2021 https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5785 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 De Luce Boreali https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5784 <p>This is Friedrich Christoph Mayer's first article "De Luce Boreali" (On the Nothern Light), as published in the <em>Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis Petropolitanae </em>Tomus I ad annum 1726 (printed 1728).</p> Friedrich Christoph Mayer Copyright (c) 2021 Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5784 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Dansk Folkekalender for 1841 https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5706 <p>This is the entire issue of <em>Dansk Folkekalender 1841</em>, as published by Selskabet for Trykkefrihedens rette Brug [Society for the Proper Use of the Freedom of the Press] in 1840.</p> Selskabet for Trykkefrihedens rette Brug Copyright (c) 0 https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5706 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Translation of Ørsted's unsigned article on 'Nordlyset' (1840) https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5663 <p>English translation of Ørsted's original article.</p> Kira Moss Copyright (c) 2020 Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5663 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Nordlyset https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5662 <p>This is the unsigned article 'Nordlyset' (The Northern Light), written by Hans Christian Ørsted, as published in <em>Dansk Folkekalender </em>for the year 1841 (published 1840).</p> Hans Christian Ørsted Copyright (c) 2020 https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5662 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Introduction and Summary of Contents https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5661 <p>The tenth volume in the series presents a hitherto overlooked item in the oeuvre of the famous discoverer of electromagnetism, Hans Christian Ørsted (1777–1851). A highly influential figure in cutting-edge science internationally, Ørsted was also active as a populariser of various kinds of academic discoveries and theories within nineteenth-century Denmark. However, no separate publication on the aurora borealis by Ørsted has been known until now. It is in one of the many contemporary collections of miscellanies for the general public – namely, in <em>Dansk Folkekalender </em>for the year 1841 (printed 1840) – that Kira Moss has discovered his unsigned article on “Nordlyset” [The Northern Light]. In her introduction, Moss presents evidence of Ørsted’s authorship, contextualises the place of the northern lights in Denmark in the period known as Romanticism, and presents a detailed summary of his own theory. As a supplement, she provides a complete English translation of Ørsted’s article.</p> Kira Moss Copyright (c) 2020 Aurorae Borealis Studia Classica https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5661 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Letter to the Editor https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5382 Unto K. Laine Copyright (c) 2020 Unto K. Laine https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5382 Tue, 10 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Biographical Introduction and Summary of Contents https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5364 <p>In this introduction, MA student Laura Massini Nielsen analyses the role of the aurora borealis in <em>Biergtrolden </em>(The Mountain Troll), the very first poem of the seminal debut collection of <em>Digte</em> (Poems) by the Danish Romantic author Adam Oehlenschläger. The article begins with a biographical introduction, followed by a short overview of the Danish Golden Age that provides context for the reader. Massini Nielsen then briefly outlines Oehlenschläger’s works and, in conclusion, focuses on the poem <em>Biergtrolden</em> and on the role of the aurora borealis in it.</p> Laura Massini Nielsen Copyright (c) 2020 Laura Massini Nielsen https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5364 Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The Mountain Troll https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5363 <p>This translation follows the first printed version of Adam Oehlenschläger’s <em>Biergtrolden</em>, as published in <em>Digte </em>(Poems, 1803).</p> Per Pippin Aspaas Copyright (c) 2020 Per Pippin Aspaas https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/aurora/article/view/5363 Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100