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1. Physics Of Space Plasmas: An Introduction, Second Edition by George Parks  
Paperback: 616
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(20031205)
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This book is the real deal 
2. Physics of the Space Environment (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series) by Tamas I. Gombosi  
Paperback: 360
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(20040819)
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Physics Textbook
Physics of the Space Environment
One of the best books in the field 
3. Physics of Solar System Plasmas (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series) by Thomas E. Cravens  
Paperback: 496
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(20041111)
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4. The Large Scale Structure of SpaceTime (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by Stephen W. Hawking, G. F. R. Ellis, P. V. Landshoff, D. R. Nelson, D. W. Sciama, S. Weinberg  
Paperback: 400
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(19750328)
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The Large Scale structure of good science books (& spacetime
A classic in mathematical general relativity The authors begin the book by a discussion of the role of gravity in physics and its role as determining the causal structure of the universe. They introduce the idea of a closed trapped surface, setting the stage for the goal of the book, namely the study of the conditions under which a spacetime singularity must occur. Black holes and the beginning of the universe are cited as examples of these singularities. The authors also outline briefly the content of each chapter. A neat argument is given for the significance of focal points via the use of Raychaudhari's equation. The second chapter is an overview of the background in differential geometry needed in the rest of the book. Although complete from an axiomatic point of view, the approach is much too formal for readers who do not have a knowledge of differential geometry. Such a reader should gain the necessary background elsewhere. General relativity as a theory of gravitation is discussed in chapter 3. Spacetime is assumed to be a connected 4dimensional smoothmanifold on which is defined a Lorentz metric. The topologyis assumed to be Hausdorff. Some of the more interesting or wellwritten parts of this chapter include the example of a spacetime that is not inextendible, the determination of the conformal factor for the spacetime metric, and the discussion of alternative field equations. The authors discuss the physicial significance of curvature in chapter 4, namely its effect on families of timelike and null curves. The most important part of this chapter is the discussion on certain inequalities tht the energymomentum tensor should satisfy from a physical viewpoint. These inequalities, called the weak energy condition and the dominant energy condition, allow the authors to prove the existence of singularities ina later chapter. The reader can see clearly the role of the Jacobi equation, and its solution, the Jacobi field, in measuring the separation of nearby geodesics. The existence of conjugate points is proven, and shown to imply the existence of selfintersections in families of geodesics. As a warmup to showing the nonexistence of geodesics of maximal length, the authors employ variational calculus to study how to vary nonspacelike curves connecting points in convex normal neighborhoods in spacetime, and between points and hypersurfaces. In particular, it is shown that a timelike geodesic curve from a hypersurface to a point is maximal iff there is no conjugate point to the hypersurface along the curve. In addition, the authors prove that two points joined by a nonspacelike curve which is not a null geodesic can be joined by a timelike curve. The authors consider the exact solutions of the Einstein field equations in chapter 5. Most of the "usual" spacetimes are considered, including Minkowski, De Sitter, AntideSitter, RobertsonWalker, Schwarzschild, ReissnerNordstrom, Kerr, TaubNut, and Godel. The emphasis in on the global properties of the spacetimes and the existence of singularities in them. The famous Penrose diagrams are used to "compactify" spacetimes in order to study their behavior at infinity and their conformal properties. The authors first introduce the concept of a future (past) Cauchy development here, so important in later developments in the book. The reader can see the tools developed in chapter 4 in play here; for example, the existence of a singularity in a spatially homogeneous cosmology is shown to follow directly from the Raychaudhuri equation. The existence of the singularity is proved to be independent of any acceleration or rotation of matter in such cosmologies. In chapter 5, the authors consider the causal structure of spacetime, namely the study of its conformal geometry. The consideration of the set of all metrics conformal to the physical metric allows one to discuss "geodesic completeness" of spacetime, this concept forming the basis of a later definition of a singularity in spacetime. The more interesting topics discussed in this chapter include the causality conditions (there are no closed nonspacelike curves), and the Alexandrov topology and its connection with the strong causality condition (every neighborhood of a point contains a neighborhood of the point no nonseparable curve of which intersects it more than once). When strong causality does hold, the Alexandrov topology is equivalent to the usual manifold topology, and thus the topology of spacetime can be determined by the observation of causal relationships. The discussion on the role of global hyperbolicity in showing the existence of a maximal geodesic is also very wellwritten. The next chapter is pretty much independent of the rest, and was put in no doubt for the mathematician who desires to understand the Einstein equations as a set of nonlinear secondorder hyperbolic partial differential equations with initial data on a 3dimensional manifold, the famous Cauchy problem in general relativity. Chapter 8 is the most important in the book, for its uses the constructions of earlier chapters to define the notion of a singularity in spacetime. The authors argue that singularities are points where physical laws break down and thus to characterize them one attempts to find out whether any such points have been removed, making spacetime "incomplete" in some sense. Such a notion of incompleteness is very meaningful in topological spaces with a positive definite metric, since in that case one can define completeness in terms of the convergence of Cauchy sequences. In spacetimes with a Lorentz metric, the authors discuss the notion of geodesic completeness for null and timelike geodesics. A very detailed treatment of the now famous singularity theorems is given, these theorems involving an inequality of the Ricci tensor. The last two chapters of the book are more physical in nature wherein the singularity problem is shown to have physical relevance via the occurence of black holes at the endpoint of evolution of massive stars.
A wonderful, foundational work of mathematical physics.
Suitable only for mathematicians
The best book on modern General Relativity 
5. A Course in Modern Mathematical Physics: Groups, Hilbert Space and Differential Geometry by Peter Szekeres  
Hardcover: 600
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(20040117)
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Provides an excellent foundation for advanced studies
A fast introduction to mathematics in physics
Jumping over the Gap
A serious, wide spectrum introduction to modern mathematical physics
Not a review, only a little more information 
6. Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light (P.S.) by Leonard Shlain  
Paperback: 496
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(20070301)
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Editorial Review Product Description Art interprets the visible world. Physics charts its unseen workings. The two realms seem completely opposed. But consider that both strive to reveal truths for which there are no words––with physicists using the language of mathematics and artists using visual images. In Art & Physics, Leonard Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions. From the classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, artists have foreshadowed the discoveries of scientists, such as when Monet and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughout history. Provicative and original, Art & Physics is a seamless integration of the romance of art and the drama of science––and an exhilarating history of ideas. Customer Reviews (5)
Misleading and confusing
Schlain's vast insight
Interesting Connections
Shallow and confused
Art & Physics:Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light 
7. Do Your Ears Pop in Space and 500 Other Surprising Questions about Space Travel by R. Mike Mullane  
Paperback: 256
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(19970122)
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Editorial Review Product Description Get the inside story on outer space from threetime shuttle astronaut R. Mike Mullane. "A fascinating collection of honest, factual, fromtheheart answers to the most often asked questions about spaceflight and spacefliers. Required reading for all who aspire to travel in space." —Kathy Thornton, 4mission Shuttle Astronaut, World Record Holder for Spacewalks by a Woman. "A brilliant addition to the understanding of space flight. Only a man who has been there—outer space—and done that—fly the Space Shuttle—could render the complexities of flying in space so lucidly." —Walter J. Boyne, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Former Director, National Air and Space Museum. "A highly informative inside view of what astronauts really experience in space." —Ed Buckbee, Former Director, U.S. Space & Rocket and U.S. Space Camp. "All astronauts have been peppered with great questions. Mike Mullane has great answers." —Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Columbia 1981, Challenger 1983, NASA Administrator 19891992. Customer Reviews (9)
A little outdated, but nice on Kindle
Absolutely delightful reading!
A MUST READ! It's always more fun hearing about space from an astronaut who's been there and especially one who includes a picture of himself in a "urine collection device." I guarantee you'll be glad for reading this one.
Informative and addictive!
Prep book for space exploration 
8. Space, Time, and Spacetime by Lawrence Sklar  
Paperback: 400
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(19770315)
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Best Around
it takes a lot of space and time to read "Spacetime"
it takes a lot of space and time to read "Spacetime"
Thorough, if somewhat dry, look at the issues of spacetime Sklar's writing is lucid, andhe weaves the various topics together very nicely.The style is a littledry, but that is probably as it should be the book is a seriousphilosophical work.While the book was not written for the lay reader,there is nothing inherent in the nature of the material that would preventsomeone unschooled in philosophy from taking it up. ... Read more 
9. Space Physics: An Introduction to Plasmas and Particles in the Heliosphere and Magnetospheres (Advanced Texts in Physics) by MayBritt Kallenrode  
Paperback: 482
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(20101102)
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Editorial Review Product Description Observations and physical concepts are interwoven to give basic explanations of phenomena and also show the limitations in these explanations and identify some fundamental questions. Compared to conventional plasma physics textbooks this book focuses on the concepts relevant in the largescale space plasmas. It combines basic concepts with current research and new observations in interplanetary space and in the magnetospheres. Graduate students and young researchers starting to work in this special field of science, will find the numerous references to review articles as well as important original papers helpful to orientate themselves in the literature. Emphasis is on energetic particles and their interaction with the plasma as examples for nonthermal phenomena, shocks and their role in particle acceleration as examples for nonlinear phenomena. This second edition has been updated and extended. Improvements include: the use of SI units; addition of recent results from SOHO and Ulysses; improved treatment of the magnetosphere as a dynamic phenomenon; text restructured to provide a closer coupling between basic physical concepts and observed complex phenomena.

10. Introduction to the Physics of Space by Rossi  
Hardcover: 480
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(19700101)
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11. Quantum Fields in Curved Space (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by N. D. Birrell, P. C. W. Davies  
Paperback: 352
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Out of date but motivates modern developments Quantum field theory in flat spacetime is difficult enough, and it is still not entirely understood from a mathematical perspective. Even the physics of interacting quantum fields is still poorly understood in flat spacetime, especially in its ability to predict a bound state. Therefore, it might seem a bit disconcerting to some for researchers to add further complications to quantum field theory by casting them in curved backgrounds. However, cosmological and astrophysical interests drives this research, as well as more practical considerations arising from the Casimir effect. The renormalization procedures in quantum field theory are further complicated in curved spacetime via the "trace" or "conformal" anomalies. The reader gets a good dose of these in the book in the discussion on the renormalization of the stress. The idea of an "effective" action, which has been exploited with zeal in the flat spacetime case, appears here also.
Excellent 
12. Understanding SpaceTime: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein by Robert DiSalle  
Paperback: 192
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(20081014)
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Great Book 
13. Ionospheres: Physics, Plasma Physics, and Chemistry (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series) by Robert Schunk, Andrew Nagy  
Hardcover: 628
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(20090921)
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14. Quantum Mechanics in Hilbert Space: Second Edition (Dover Books on Physics) by Eduard Prugovecki  
Paperback: 720
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(20061201)
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Editorial Review Product Description A rigorous, critical presentation of the basic mathematics of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, this text is suitable for courses in functional analysis at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Its readable, selfcontained form is accessible to students without an extensive mathematical background. Numerous exercises include hints and solutions. 1981 edition. Customer Reviews (2)
mathematical basics
math tricks, no physical insight 
15. Atomic and Molecular Data for Space Astronomy: Needs, Analysis, and Availabilty (Lecture Notes in Physics)  
Hardcover: 158
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(19921105)
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16. Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain  
Paperback: 480
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(19930128)
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Editorial Review Product Description From the classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, aritsts have foreshadowed the discoveries of scientists, such as when Money and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughtout history. Provacative and original, Art & Physics is a seamless integration of the romance of art and the drama of science...and exhilarating history of ideas. Customer Reviews (42)
inspiring
Grossly Incompetent.
MUST READ
Fantastic Read
Glass half empty or half full? 
17. On Space and Time  
Hardcover: 320
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(20081031)
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The mathematical universe
On Space and Time
Great book for right audience
Very difficult to follow
Mixed quality 
18. Hilbert Space Operators in Quantum Physics (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics) by Jirí Blank, Pavel Exner, Miloslav Havlícek  
Paperback: 664
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(20101130)
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Editorial Review Product Description This coursetested book explains in detail the theory of linear Hilbertspace operators and their use in quantum physics. The central mathematical tool of the book is the spectral theory of selfadjoint operators; in order to make the exposition selfcontained, selected topics of functional analysis are included. An introduction to the theory of operator sets and algebras is also presented. This mathematical material is then used for a systematic analysis of the operator structure of quantum theory. Logical building of the theory is discussed as well as its practical aspects, such as spectral properties of quantum mechanical Hamiltonians, scattering theory, and more. The second edition was extended by two new chapters devoted to properties of quantum waveguides and quantum graphs. The bibliography was amended by about 130 new items. 
19. Vector Spaces and Matrices in Physics by M. C. Jain  
Hardcover: 184
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(20001113)
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Vector Spaces and Matrices in Physics 
20. Spinors and SpaceTime: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in SpaceTime Geometry (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by Roger Penrose, Wolfgang Rindler  
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