Magnetic fields permeate our vast universe, urging electrically charged particles on their courses, powering solar and stellar flares, and focusing the intense activity of pulsars and neutron stars.
Magnetic fields are found in every corner of the cosmos. For decades, astrophysicists have identified them by their effects on visible light, radio waves, and x-rays. J. B. Zirker summarizes our deep knowledge of magnetism, pointing to what is yet unknown about its astrophysical applications.
In clear, nonmathematical prose, Zirker follows the trail of magnetic exploration from the auroral belts of Earth to the farthest reaches of space. He guides readers on a fascinating journey of discovery to understand how magnetic forces are created and how they shape the universe. He provides the historical background needed to appreciate exciting new research by introducing readers to the great scientists who have studied magnetic fields.
Students and amateur astronomers alike will appreciate the readable prose and comprehensive coverage of The Magnetic Universe.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
Written in a clear, readable style, the book should be accessible to anyone with a high-school or college background in physics or astronomy. * Physics Today *
An excellent, up-to-date overview of what is known about magnetism and its myriad manifestations in astrophysics... Highly recommended. * Choice *
Extremely readable... The author's enthusiasm is apparent through every chapter. -- Nigel Weiss * The Observatory *
Students and amateur astronomers alike will appreciate the readable prose and comprehensive coverage of this book. * Spaceflight *