This book is an introduction to contemporary plasma physics that discusses the most relevant recent advances in the field
and covers a careful choice of applications to various branches of astrophysics and space science. The purpose of the book
is to allow the student to master the basic concepts of plasma physics and to bring him or her up to date in a number of relevant
areas of current research. Topics covered include orbit theory, kinetic theory, fluid models, magnetohydrodynamics, MHD turbulence,
instabilities, discontinuities, and magnetic reconnection. Some prior knowledge of classical physics is required, in particular
fluid mechanics, statistical physics, and electrodynamics. The mathematical developments are self-contained and explicitly
detailed in the text. A number of exercises are provided at the end of each chapter, together with suggestions and solutions.