The Magnetic Universe: The Elusive Traces of an Invisible Force

The Magnetic Universe: The Elusive Traces of an Invisible Force

by J. B. Zirker
     
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Physics Today
Written in a clear, readable style, the book should be accessible to anyone with a high-school or college background in physics or astronomy.

Choice

An excellent, up-to-date overview of what is known about magnetism and its myriad manifestations in astrophysics... Highly recommended.

The Observatory
Extremely readable... The author's enthusiasm is apparent through every chapter.

— Nigel Weiss

Spaceflight
Students and amateur astronomers alike will appreciate the readable prose and comprehensive coverage of this book.

The Observatory - Nigel Weiss
Extremely readable... The author's enthusiasm is apparent through every chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893018
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2009
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

J. B. Zirker is an astronomer emeritus at the National Solar Observatory and author of Total Eclipses of the Sun; Journey from the Center of the Sun; Sunquakes: Probing the Interior of the Sun; and An Acre of Glass: A History and Forecast of the Telescope, the last two published by Johns Hopkins.

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