About the Author

Dr. David L. Book

Dr. Book received a BA in physics from Yale and a PhD in physics from Princeton. He has carried out research in plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, General Atomics in San Diego, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as a visiting scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, and Culham Laboratory in England.  During twenty years at the Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Book worked on plasma physics, fluid mechanics, and computational physics.

While at NRL he began collecting plasma physics reference data and formulas in a pocket-sized booklet called the NRL Plasma Formulary.  The Formulary is the most widely known publication in plasma physics.  Nine editions and over 60,000 copies have been printed.  He is the author of over 100 refereed publications.

In addition to his research, Dr. Book has taught at Princeton and the Naval Postgraduate School and has lectured at dozens of universities in the U.S. and abroad. He wrote a monthly column on problem-solving, "Come to Think of It," that ran in The Washington Post for three years.

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