This second edition of Introduction to Geomagnetic Fields has been redesigned as a classroom textbook for a semester course in geomagnetism. Student exercises have been added at the end of each chapter. Outdated figures and tables are replaced with more modern equivalents. Recent discoveries, field information, and references have been added along with special websites and computer programs. The basic structure of the original edition remains, providing a condensed and more readable coverage of geomagnetic topics than is afforded by existing textbooks.
My intention has been to focus upon the basic concepts and physical processes necessary for understanding the Earth's natural magnetic fields. When mathematical presentation is required, I have tried to remove the mystery of the scientists' special jargon and to emphasize the meanings of important equations, rather than obscure the relationships with complex formulas. Because some formulas are needed to appreciate geomagnetism, I have included, in an appendix, a succinct review of the required mathematical definitions and facts. For those readers who are approaching the subject of Earth magnetic fields for the very first time it may be helpful to start with the small layman's presentation, devoid of all mathematical equations, that I provided as Earth Magnetism: A Guided Tour Through Magnetic Fields, Academic Press, San Diego, 151 pp, 2001.
The student reader is expected to have a familiarity with the elementary scientific concepts identified by words of specific meaning, such as “force, velocity, energy, temperature, heat, charge, light waves, and fields of electric, magnetic, and gravitational nature”.