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Les Aurores Polaires



    FRANCE has made two important contributions to the knowledge of auroræ. Perhaps the first work devoted entirely to the study of auroral phenomena was the “Traitè physique et historique de l'aurore borèale,”by Mairan, published by the Paris Academy of Sciences in 1733. A century later a volume was published containing the results of aurora observations made on the Recherche during the scientific expedition to Lapland. The plates which illustrated the observations then made have been laid under tribute by M. Angot for the present volume. Since the publication, however, of the “ Aurores Borèales”which resulted from the 1838–39 expedition, we have it on the authority of M. Angot that no work dealing wholly with the subject has appeared in France. This volume, therefore, stands as practically the only one in which our neighbours on the other side of the Channel can find a popular account of aurorae, written by one of their own countrymen.

    Les Aurores Polaires.

    By Alfred Angot. Pp. 318. (Paris: Felix Alcan, 1895.)

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