An Introduction to Star Formation (Hardback)
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An Introduction to Star Formation (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 10/02/2011
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Guiding the reader through all the stages that lead to the formation of a star such as our Sun, this advanced textbook provides students with a complete overview of star formation. It examines the underlying physical processes that govern the evolution from a molecular cloud core to a main-sequence star, and focuses on the formation of solar-mass stars. Each chapter combines theory and observation, helping readers to connect with and understand the theory behind star formation. Beginning with an explanation of the interstellar medium and molecular clouds as sites of star formation, subsequent chapters address the building of typical stars and the formation of high-mass stars, concluding with a discussion of the by-products and consequences of star formation. This is a unique, self-contained text with sufficient background information for self-study, and is ideal for students and professional researchers alike.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521630306
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Star formation is one of the most active research fields in modern astronomy and is also the key to understanding problems as diverse as galaxy evolution and the origin of planets. This book, written by two highly regarded experts, first poses the questions that define the field of star formation and then gives a remarkably comprehensive yet concise survey of the underlying physics. The book provides both an overview suitable for those new to the field and also a convenient handbook for established researchers. It emphasizes both basic principles and established results and will surely remain a standard work for years to come.' David Williams, Emeritus Perren Professor of Astronomy, University College London
'This book presents star formation and interstellar medium studies at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics programs. This needed text fills the niche between non-technical general overviews and advanced treatments suited for senior graduate students or researchers.' John Bally, Professor of Astronomy, University of Colorado, Boulder
'This well-named book covers most of the ground in a still growing subject. It is well suited to the undergraduate or starting graduate, and as a refresher for professionals working in a different branch of the subject. With a wide-ranging and elementary introduction to bring anyone up to speed, a pleasant blend of observation and theory leads the reader through the entire research area, giving an authoritative and clear picture of our understanding of the subject, and of the tools used in its discovery. To have produced such a coherent picture of a complex area without sacrificing physical rigour is a significant achievement.' Peter Brand, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh
'The authors, wisely, did not try to write a complete, exhaustive, detailed compendium of all that is known about star formation. Instead, they produced a book that is appropriate for someone who knows three years of undergraduate physics and is learning about star formation for the first time, or is trying to refresh their knowledge of the fundamentals. I strongly recommend that all students taking a first course in star formation get the book and advise professional astrophysicists not already deeply involved in star formation to obtain it for reference.' T. W. Hartquist, University of Leeds
'... the book is a pleasure to read ... slim ... meant to be digested in a single semester ... Ward-Thompson and Whitworth emphasize concepts, illuminated through derivations ... the approach [is] successful pedagogically.' Physics Today
'I strongly recommend that all students get the book and advise professional astrophysicists not already deeply involved in star formation to obtain it for reference.' Astronomy & Geophysics
"Star formation is one of the most active research fields in modern astronomy and is also the key to understanding problems as diverse as galaxy evolution and the origin of planets. This book, written by two highly regarded experts, first poses the questions that define the field of star formation and then gives a remarkably comprehensive yet concise survey of the underlying physics. The book provides both an overview suitable for those new to the field and also a convenient handbook for established researchers. It emphasizes both basic principles and established results and will surely remain a standard work for years to come." David Williams, Emeritus Perren Professor of Astronomy, University College London
"This book presents star formation and interstellar medium studies at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics programs. This needed text fills the niche between non-technical general overviews and advanced treatments suited for senior graduate students or researchers." John Bally, Professor of Astronomy. University of Colorado - Boulder
"This well-named book covers most of the ground in a still growing subject. It is well suited to the undergraduate or starting graduate, and as a refresher for professionals working in a different branch of the subject. With a wide-ranging and elementary introduction to bring anyone up to speed, a pleasant blend of observation and theory leads the reader through the entire research area, giving an authoritative and clear picture of our understanding of the subject, and of the tools used in its discovery. To have produced such a coherent picture of a complex area without sacrificing physical rigour is a significant achievement." Peter Brand, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh
"This is well-written..suitable for astronomy and physics students as well as researchers..Highly recommended." - CHOICE
"... quite beautiful, the book is a pleasure to read. Ward-Thompson and Whitworth, guide the reader step by step through the basics of interstellar clouds, the physics of gravitational collapse, and the connection of stellar birth to the formation of both planets and galaxies. They weave together observational results and relatively simple theoretical derivations, and they provide ample figures to illustrate both. The tone and content are generally most appropriate for an upper-level undergraduate courses..." Joshua Milstein, Physics Today, January 2012

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