Cosmical Magnetic Fields: Their Origin and their Activity

ISBN : 9780198829966

E. N. Parker
860 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences
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This well known and widely used landmark text explores the universal spontaneous generation of magnetic fields in astronomical bodies and the agitation of the bodies by those fields. The general properties of magnetic fields, their appearance throughout the astronomical universe, and the havoc they wreak are described in simple physical terms so as to define the broad scientific problem presented by magnetic fields. Then, with the physical problems clearly in mind, the theoretical effects are demonstrated with formal mathematical illustrations from the basic electromagnetic equations. Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences From James Clerk Maxwell's towering achievement Treatise on electricity and magnetism, to today's ground-breaking research, Oxford University Press has often been regarded as the publisher of first choice for generations of scientists. The legacy of this long publishing tradition is an unrivalled catalogue of past publications, some of which have been unavailable from us for many years. By popular demand, Oxford University Press is now reissuing some of its most celebrated science classics in the Oxford Classic Texts series. The titles to be included have been selected not only for their historic significance, but also for their enduring eloquence and clarity of presentation. Individually, each book in this collection represents a milestone in the development of scientific thought and pedagogy; collectively these books amount to an unparalleled scientific library for the enjoyment of a new generation of readers.


1 The Role of Magnetic Fields
2 The Nature of Magnetic Fields
3 Electric and Magnetic Fields
4 The Basic Equations
5 Magnetic Field Stress and Energy
6 Magnetic Equilibrium
7 Propagation of Disturbances
8 The Isolated Flux Tube
9 The Twisted Flux Tube
10 The Isolation and Concentration of Magnetic Flux Tubes
11 The Topology of Magnetic Lines of Force
12 Non-Equilibrium of Invariant Fields
13 The Breakup and Escape of Submerged Magnetic Fields
14 Non-Equilibrium in Field Topologies Lacking Invariance
15 Rapid Reconnection of Magnetic Lines of Force
16 Exclusion of Magnetic Fields from Closed Circulation Patterns
17 Magnetic Fields in Turbulent Fluids
18 The Generation of Large-Scale Fields in Turbulent Fluids
19 The Physical Nature of the Generated Fields
20 The Magnetic Fields of Planets
21 The Magnetic Field of the Sun and Stars
22 The Magnetic Field of the Galaxy
23 Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Activity

About the author: 

Eugene N. Parker is S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophyiscs and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. He developed the theory on the supersonic solar wind (1958) and predicted the Parker spiral shape of the solar magnetic field in the outer solar system. In 1987, Parker proposed that the solar corona might be heated by myriad tiny nanoflares, miniature brightenings resembling solar flares that would occur all over the surface of the Sun.

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