Curt Suplee

The Plasma Universe

Cambridge Univ. Press

"The Plasma Universe is a lively, compact, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable exposition of the amazing scope of modern plasma physics. The common phenomena underlying plasma TV's sunspots and the violent death of stars are lucidly explained at level suitable for a broad audience. I particularly liked the one-page profiles of the scientists who shaped the subject, starting with Irving Langmuir, that are sprinkled throughout the text: they provide welcome historical context and human interest."

Curtis Callen, Professor of Physics, Princeton University, and President-Elect, American Physical Society

"In The Plasma Universe Curt Suplee explains in an entertaining way and in educated layman's terms what constitutes plasmas, their complex behavior, the history of plasma science right up to the use of plasmas in modern day and future technologies. In these pages, is a concise summary of our current understanding of strange and beautiful phenomena on earth and in stars and galaxies around us.... I recommend [it]for anyone who likes to look at beautiful pictures and who might be interested in the history of science and the process of discovery and innovation."

Cherry Murray, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and President, American Physical Society

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Popular Science
"a lively, compact, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable exposition of the amazing scope of modern plasma physics." Curtis Callen, Professor of Physics, Princeton University
"The most comprehensible authoritative survey of all physics for unscientific readers.... The thrill of intellectual adventure is palpable in the book..."
--The New York Times
"Suplee ... does an excellent job of elucidating complex theories such as relativity and chaos."
--Publishers Weekly
"Living, breathing" science information that encourages readers to explore their everyday existence"
--School Library Journal
"Magnificent ... updates Curt Suplee's coffee table classic with 21st-century answers to many of the most common science questions, and quite a few uncommon ones."
--Amazon.com