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text 2017-06-23 09:18
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns The introduction to magnetohydrodynamics is very concise and pulls the same "characteristic length" stunt as Davidson does in his book (i.e. not explaining what such a thing is or how to determine it). One wonders if it's the Emperor's New Clothes handed down for generations.
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text 2017-06-22 08:54
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

Nice section on adiabatic invariants - although it doesn't explain why they are "adiabatic"!

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text 2017-06-21 09:32
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 42 pages.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 2: Mainly Electomagnetism & Matter - Matthew L. Sands,Robert B. Leighton,Richard P. Feynman

Because the pagination works as Lecture No. - Page No. instead of just Page No. it's hard to say how far one is through this book. Hence the number above reflects the LECTURE NUMBER out of 42. I'm doing a re-read of this volume which is mainly classical electrodynamics.

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text 2017-06-21 09:18
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

At this point I would say that Chen's book is a better first text on plasma physics; this one assumes more maths. It's not bad, though, and covers topics not in Chen. We'll see how I get on with them later.

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text 2017-06-20 09:32
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Definition of a plasma; a squint at nuclear fusion thermodynamics; why there are both kinetic and fluid theories of plasmas; Debye shielding.
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