Although the origin of Earth's and other celestial bodies' magnetic fields remains unknown, we do know that the motion of electrically conducting fluids generates and maintains these fields, forming the basis of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and, to a larger extent, dynamo theory. Answering the need for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction
Preface. Introduction to Self-Excited Dynamo Action. Nonlinearities and Saturation. Dynamics of Rotating Fluids. The Geodynamo. Planetary Dynamos. Stellar Dynamos. Galactic Dynamos. Survey of Experimental Results. Prospects. Appendices. References. Indices.