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Plasmas And Fluids
by Panel On The Physics Of Plasmas And Fluids
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`This book is an excellent introduction and fills an important niche. This book has an excellent chance to attract a large audience. An added bonus is the wonderful final chapter on neutral fluid dynamics. The emphasis on turbulence is an excellent corrective to the usual laminar approach to fluid dynamics. The tone of this text is unique. The organization is excellent and the coverage very appropriate for an introductory text.'
Paul J. Wiita, Georgia State University
This book is a valuable introduction to astrophysical plasmas and fluids for graduate students of astronomy preparing either for a research career in the field or just aspiring to achieve a decent degree of familiarity with 99% of the cosmos.
The contents provide a true representation of the phenomenal diversity of dominant roles that plasmas and fluids play in the near and far reaches of the universe. The breadth of coverage of basic physical processes is a particularly attractive feature of this textbook. By first using the Liouville equation to derive the kinetic, the two-fluid and single-fluid, descriptions of a plasma and a fluid, and then demonstrating the use of these descriptions for specific situations in the rest of the book, the author has probably chosen the most efficient way of handling this large technical subject. The two major astrophysical issues, fluid or plasma configurations and their radiative signatures, figure prominently throughout the book. The problems are designed to give the reader a feel for the quantitative properties of celestial objects.
Starting with the Liouville equation the author presents the 2 major astrophysical issues - the configurational concerns and the radiative requirements-which often influence each other. Systematically establishes the mathematical frame work in a complete manner then studies the various topics as special cases.
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