New forces for a new century

"Just as gravity was the basis for astrophysics in the twentieth century," assert today's advocates of the plasma model, "electromagnetism will be in the twenty-first century." This claim and challenge is offered with growing conviction, thanks to a diverse collection of auspicious developments:

In the details of these developments, as presented in four accompanying sidebars, we see the emerging face of astrophysics in the twenty-first century.