Controversy over “Solar Flare Myth” explored
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 76, Issue 41, pages 401–412, 10 October 1995
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1995), Controversy over “Solar Flare Myth” explored, Eos Trans. AGU, 76(41), 401–412, doi:10.1029/95EO00246.(
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Two years ago, Jack Gosling, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, ignited a controversy that centers on claims of a “Solar Flare Myth” [Gosling, 1993, 1994], an unfortunate choice of words that probably did not lead solar flare researchers to immediately endear themselves to its basic tenets or perhaps even to give it a fair trial. Before the first paper was widely publicized, I attended a seminar on “the myth” conducted by Gosling at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The reception was, as I recall, quite warm and anything but controversial. I suspect this is because the audience had been primed in the preceding years by Don Reames, who had basically been saying the same thing in his talks but who did not receive anywhere near the same press. However, no one likes hints of a myth associated with their work, and this calm environment was not to last; soon there were counterattacks from the flare community [Zirin], 1994; Hudson et al., 1995], which were answered in turn [Gosling, 1995], and the issue recently reached its zenith (it is hoped) with a jam-packed special session at the 1995 Spring AGU Meeting in Baltimore, Md.