Burston's Science Book Blog

I'm a professional scientists working on the physics of naturally occurring plasmas. Here's my blog on science-related books. It includes textbooks, popular science books and memoirs and biographies of or by scientists. Enjoy!
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July
23
Walter Gonzalez, Eugene N. Parker
currently reading
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
George Gordon Byron
September 2016
15
text: Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 512 pages.
Progress is slowing as the examples get harder and more "side work" is required - I can't do it in my head anymore. The only...
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering - Steven H. Strogatz
September 2016
12
text: Reading progress update: I've read 153 out of 512 pages.
Going beyond school maths for the first time with the appearance of partial derivatives and Jacobians.
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering - Steven H. Strogatz
reviewed: Physics of the Jovian Magnetosphere, A.J. Dessler (Editor)
I didn't read every page of this book, or even close to it, but the chapters that I was interested in were good and avoided a...
Physics of the Jovian Magnetosphere - A.J. Dessler
read and rated
finished reading:
September 2016
08
text: Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 512 pages.
2-dimensional linear systems; crash revision course in matrices, determinants and traces required!
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering - Steven H. Strogatz
September 2016
07
text: Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 512 pages.
I had to start over from the beginning but I still think it's an excellent book. Up to this point it's also fairly easy, requ...
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering - Steven H. Strogatz
September 2016
01
text: Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 1215 pages.
This book is so large and dense that it could probably be used to test General Relativity as well as to learn it!
Gravitation (Physics Series) - Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
August 2016
26
text: Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 1215 pages.
It's gonna use "geometrised" aka "natural" units, which might be easier to do calculations in but are a PITA for learning pur...
Gravitation (Physics Series) - Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
August 2016
25
text: Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 1215 pages.
I couldn't help glancing into this before heading to the office this morning. 20p later I reluctantly dragged myself away. It...
Gravitation (Physics Series) - Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
currently reading
July 2016
25
text: Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 564 pages.
The Foreword is by James A. Van Allen. Yes, that Van Allen, the one with the Radiation Belts named after him.
Physics of the Jovian Magnetosphere - A.J. Dessler
reviewed: The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System, Robert Shaw
This is a delightful introduction to applied chaos theory and information theory, written by a physicist for other physicists...
The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System - Robert    Shaw
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text: Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 564 pages.
I'm not really reading this in order; Chapters 10 and 11 are what I most need and they are proving very useful.
Physics of the Jovian Magnetosphere - A.J. Dessler
finished reading:
started reading:
July 2016
06
text: Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 122 pages.
Utterly fascinating! Also the first time anything to do with information theory was even remotely intelligible to me.
The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System - Robert    Shaw
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Currently reading

Magnetic Reconnection: Concepts and Applications
Walter Gonzalez, Eugene N. Parker
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Linear Algebra: Step by Step
Kuldeep Singh
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
Steven H. Strogatz
Progress: 166/512 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
General Theory of Relativity
Paul A.M. Dirac
Poetical Works
George Gordon Byron