1. Overview -- 2. Low-Temperature Plasma Science and Engineering -- 3. Plasma Physics at High Energy Density -- 4. The Plasma Science of Magnetic Fusion -- 5. Space and Astrophysical Plasmas -- 6. Basic Plasma Science -- A. Charge to the Committee -- B. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor -- C. National Ignition Facility -- D. Federal Support for Plasma Science and Engineering -- Department of Energy -- Office of Naval Research -- National Science Foundation -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- E. Reprise of Past NRC Reports on Plasma Science -- F. Committee Meeting Agendas -- G. Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff. "About every 10 years, the National Research Council undertakes a survey of physics. The most recent decadal survey, Physics in a New Era, was completed in 2001. The current survey, Physics 2010, is now in progress and is expected to be finished by 2010." "Physics 2010 comprises a series of books exploring the various disciplines of the field; a final volume will address physics as a whole. Each volume incorporates an assessment and outlook prepared by an independent study committee. The purpose of the survey is (1) to provide a snapshot of the field that helps track and enhance understanding of the evolution of the science, and (2) to identify and promote compelling emerging scientific opportunities." "The first book of the Physics 2010 series is Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics (The National Academies Press, 2006). The current volume, Plasma Science, is the third book. Additional volumes will cover the following topics."--Jacket.