The Magnetic Universe: The Elusive Traces of an Invisible Force

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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. J. B. Zirker summarizes our deep knowledge of magnetism, pointing to what is yet ...

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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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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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.

Choice

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801893025
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Getting Reacquainted With Magnetism 1

2 The Earth 9

3 Sunspots and the Solar Cycle 31

4 The Violent Sun 59

5 The Heliosphere: Winds, Waves, and Fields 84

6 The Earth's Magnetosphere and Space Weather 113

7 The Planets 141

8 Magnetic Fields and The Birth of Stars 174

9 Abnormal Stars 198

10 Compact Objects 212

11 The Galaxies 244

12 Something From Nothing: Seed Fields 265

Notes 281

Index 291

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