Wiley-VCH announces the publication of The Formation of Stars, by Steven W. Stahler and Francesco Palla. This book is a comprehensive treatment of star formation, one of the most active fields of modern astronomy. The reader is guided through the subject in a logically compelling manner. Starting from a general description of stars and interstellar clouds, the authors delineate the earliest phases of stellar evolution. They discuss formation activity not only in the Milky Way, but also in other galaxies, both now and in the remote past. Theory and observation are thoroughly integrated, with the aid of numerous figures and images. In summary, this book is an invaluable resource, both as a text for physics and astronomy graduate students, and as a reference for professional scientists.
Steven Stahler is a research astrophysicist at U. of California, Berkeley, USA. Francesco Palla is a senior astronomer at the INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, in Florence, Italy.
From the Table of Contents:
Part I (4 chapters): Star Formation in our Galaxy
Part II (4 chapters): Physical Processes in Molecular Clouds
Part III (4 chapters): From Clouds to Stars
Part IV (3 chapters): Environmental Impact of Young Stars
Part V (3 chapters): Pre-Main-Sequence Stars
Part VI (2 chapters): A Universe of Stars
Publication date: November 2004; softcover
Approximately 850 pages with 400 figures, 13 in color
Price: approx 68.-/US\$ 90.-/sFr 100.-
Available now in Europe. Copies will arrive in US, Asia, etc in January.
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