Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is unlikely to be high on the list of study areas for most optical scientists and engineers. MHD mainly finds its applications in astrophysics, mettalurgy, planetary and stellar magnestism, and controlled nuclear fusion. However, understanding the basics of this field of activity may open new vistas in the deployment of optofluidic systems where some functionality can be enabled by the application of a magnetic field.

This book is at once a useful basic textbook introducing the elements of electromagnetism and fluid dynamics and, at the same time, an informative research monograph targeting professional researchers in industry and academia. One application area of MHD does make a linkage to optics: sunspots would appear to be the earliest manifestations of solar MHD. Observations of sunspots were made in ancient China whilst Galileo’s Letters on Solar Spots initiated his clash with religious authorities. This mulit-purpose volume will surely be free from any such controversy. 

Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, U.K.

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