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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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review 2017-07-22 17:29
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being - Ted Hughes

Over a year! Goof grief! Proper review to follow when I'm less tired...maybe.

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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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review 2017-07-21 07:17
Other-Wordly
Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World - Kelsey Garrity-Riley,Yee-Lum Mak

I'm a sucker for words; especially unusual words, or foreign-language words that have no straight translation into English, and the beauty of this book's cover made it impossible to resist it, even though I already have similar books.

 

Luckily this small but beautifully illustrated collection of words are almost entirely different from those found in the books I already have and the author also included English words that are rarely used or hardly known (Deipnosophist, n, someone skilled in small talk or in conversing around the dining table).

 

Bonus points to the author and publisher for including not only an index of the words themselves, but an index of the words by language.  Demerit points because once again nobody thought to include a pronunciation guide, and figuring out how to pronounce cwtch (Welsh, n, hug or cuddle; a safe place; the cupboard beneath the stairs) is beyond my meagre abilities to even guess.

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