The Origin Of Stars

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World Scientific, 21 ott 2004 - 264 pagine
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Where 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./a
 

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Indice

1 Introduction
1
2 The Physics and Chemistry
9
3 The Clouds
31
4 Cloud Formation Evolution and Destruction
53
5 Turbulence
69
6 The Collapse
87
7 The Magnetic Mediation
101
8 The Birth
119
9 The Young Stars
139
10 Jets and Outflows
161
11 Massive Stars
185
12 The Distributions
201
13 Cosmological Star Formation
221
Epilogue
237
Index
239
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Michael D Smith (Armagh Observatory, UK)

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