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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
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
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.
(Extracted from the press release).
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
-1. Getting reacquainted with magnetism.
-2. The Earth.
- -3. Sunspots and the solar cycle.
- -4. The violent sun.
- -5. The heliosphere: winds, waves and fields.
- -6. The Earth's magnetosphere and space weather.
- -7. The planets.
- -8. Magnetic fields and the birth of stars.
- -9. Abnormal stars.
- -10. Compact objects.
- -11. The galaxies.
- -12. Something from nothing: seed fields.