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Conversations on Electric and Magnetic Fields in the Cosmos
Eugene N. Parker

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"Nobody has contributed more, or more deeply, to our understanding of the physics of astrophysical magnetofluids than Eugene Parker. Conversations on Electric and Magnetic Fields in the Cosmos provides those of us who have had the privilege of learning directly from him a chance to revisit the elegant insight, structure, and breezy wit that Parker brings to the subject. For those who have not had that privilege, this book provides lasting opportunity to visit with a master."--Eugene H. Levy, Rice University

"This small book, which describes the basic physics that governs the electrodynamics of the cosmos, is graced by insights the author gleaned during a lifelong fascination with the subject matter. We owe to him the explanation of many natural phenomena including how the solar wind blows and why its magnetic field lines form Archimedian spirals. Another of his creations, the a-? dynamo model affords us our understanding of how the magnetic fields of planets are maintained against resistive decay and why the Sun's magnetic field reverses every eleven years."--Peter Goldreich, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"This is a book by one of the leaders in the field of plasma astrophysics. Parker sets the record straight on many misunderstandings concerning electric and magnetic fields in the cosmos. The book also presents a revealing picture of the author's thinking and displays how he was able to arrive at such original solutions to so many important astrophysical problems."--Russell M. Kulsrud, author of Plasma Physics for Astrophysics

"This is a unique undertaking by a scientist who is one of the most accomplished and outstanding in our field. The book takes the reader from the elementary principles of Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell's equations to hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics equations. The author has intended this book to be conversations, as the title indicates. The style is informal but the physical ideas and concepts are presented with precision."--B. C. Low, National Center for Atmospheric Research

"Parker is one of the leaders in the field and has his own novel approach to plasma astrophysics. I believe that both students and active researchers will benefit from this book."--David Spergel, Princeton University

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