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Introduction to Space Physics (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science) [Paperback]

Margaret G. Kivelson , Christopher T. Russell
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April 28, 1995 0521457149 978-0521457149 0
Designed as a text for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students, this volume attempts to establish the curriculum for the modern student entering the fledgling field of space physics. The book provides a broad, yet selective, treatment of the subject, covering virtually all aspects of space plasmas in the solar system. There are sections on the sun and solar wind, the magnetized and unmagnetized planets, and the fundamental process of space plasmas including shocks, plasma waves, ULF waves, wave-particle interactions, and auroral processes. In addition to emphasizing analysis, the authors also place importance on underlying phenomenology with extensive attention to observations.

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"...contains a wealth of information in well-summarized fashion...should be considered a valuable reference text for those who would rather hear from the experts than from a single voice." Elmar R. Reiter, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

"...Introduction to Space Physics is strong enough to form the backbone for an introductory graduate class....Because of its broad coverage, it will be an excellent addition to the library of any space physicist who occaisonally needs reminding of the issues and advances in other specialities." Michael E. Brown, Physics Today

Book Description

Designed as a text for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students, this volume attempts to establish the curriculum for the modern student entering the emerging field of space physics, by covering almost all aspects of space plasmas in the solar system.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science
  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 28, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521457149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521457149
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Space Physics May 1, 2000
Format:Hardcover
This is a very comprehensive book. It is excellent if you are beginer who knows basic electricity and magnetism, but have not dealt with space plasmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable December 6, 2009
By Tamir
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This book has everything that anyone could ever want as a reference for anything related to Space physics. Love the graphics and easy to understand text.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad-Get a different text for this subject March 14, 2013
By py10man
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Book is very poorly written. Each chapter is by a different author and thus there is a wide range of writing styles. The problems at the end of each chapter are poorly written too. If you want to learn plasma and space physics get a different book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but needs to be updated November 14, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellant introduction to the field of Space Physics. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since its original publication. It would be nice to have the results of the extensive research that has been done since then incorporated into a new edition of this book. Even so, I have not come across any other books published since then that are nearly as good. When I bought my copy ten years ago, I would certainly have given it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Physics? OH YEAH! February 23, 2007
By Brady
Format:Paperback
When I'm in the mood for a little exploration of stellar structure or maybe some light magnetohydrodynamics, this is the first thing I grab off the shelf. It's kept me interested and not at all wanting to gouge my eyeballs out for weeks!
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