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text 2017-08-06 14:09
Fluid Physics for Oceanographers and Physicists, Williams and Elder
Fluid Physics for Oceanographers and Phy... Fluid Physics for Oceanographers and Physicists: An Introduction to Incompressible Flow - Jerome Williams

The 1st Edition of this book (which according to Goodreads doesn't exist) came with an erratum page which listed "the most important" errors in the main text. 'Nuff said. Presumably by 1997 the book is basically sound.

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text 2017-07-24 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 250 pages.
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics - Claudio ... Basics of Plasma Astrophysics - Claudio Chiuderi,Marco Velli

Looks like a fairly standard intro to plasma physics with some more advanced topics at the back.

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review 2017-07-24 08:54
Plasma Physics, R.A. Cairns
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

This makes a good second book on plasma physics - Chen's Introduction to Plasma Physics has yet to be beaten as a first book on the subject in my experience. But Cairns provides a good reference on the basics of a wide variety of theoretical approaches, phenomena, experimental methods and applications in plasma physics, admittedly requiring a much greater mathematical knowledge than Chen, but without being terrifying like Ichimaru's "Basic" Principles of Plasma Physics, which is anything but basic. A minor irritation is Cairns' use of the informal "goes as" for "proportional to." Not sure why it winds me up so, given I know perfectly well what he means.

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text 2017-07-21 09:26
Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Earth's magnetosphere and the sun; in this cursory overview many unsolved problems are not mentioned but I think the point of this chapter is just to show the variety and interest of applications of plasma physics, in which case, it's a success.
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text 2017-07-20 09:25
Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

The final chapter is on applications. This means fusion reactors and "space physics"; what he really means is naturally occurring plasmas, which, since they constitute ~99% of "normal" matter, makes them of great scientific interest.

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