The Origin of Stars

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Imperial College Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Science - 248 pages
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Whre do stars come from and how do they form? These are profound questions which link the nature of our Universe to the roots of mankind. Yet, until a recent revolution in understanding, the proposed answers have been raw speculation. Now, accompanying penetrating observations, a new picture has come into prominence. This book presents the latest astounding observations and scientific ideas covering star formation, star birth and early development. It encompasses all aspects, from the dramatic stories of individual objects, to the collective influence of entire stellar systems. The very first stars to come into existence and the nurturing of planets are discussed to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview. Presenting background information with only the essential mathematics, this book will appeal to scientists wishing to expand their horizons, students seeking solid foundations, and general readers with enquiring minds.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Physics and Chemistry
9
The Clouds
31
Cloud Formation Evolution and Destruction
53
Turbulence
69
The Collapse
87
The Magnetic Mediation
101
The Birth
119
The Young Stars
139
Jets and Outflows
161
Massive Stars
185
The Distributions
201
Cosmological Star Formation
221
Epilogue
237
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