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The Formation and Early Evolution of Stars

From Dust to Stars and Planets


  • 2nd edition of successful book

  • Outlines recent advances and contemporary research on the theory of star formation

  • Includes new chapters on massive star formation, proto-planetary disks and observations of young exoplanets

  • Describes new observations, specifically from the current array of space observatories

  • Provides updates in star formation theory, cloud fragmentation, dust, and circumstellar disks

  • This 2nd edition now hosts some sets of problems and their solutions suitable for graduate course work


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 1-6
  3. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 7-31
  4. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 33-84
  5. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 85-120
  6. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 121-138
  7. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 139-166
  8. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 167-182
  9. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 183-216
  10. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 217-251
  11. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 253-291
  12. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 293-322
  13. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 323-340
  14. Norbert S. Schulz
    Pages 341-370
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 371-515

About this book


Starburst regions in nearby and distant galaxies have a profound impact on our understanding of the early universe. This new, substantially updated and extended edition of Norbert Schulz’s unique book "From Dust to Stars" describes complex physical processes involved in the creation and early evolution of stars. It illustrates how these processes reveal themselves from radio wavelengths to high energy X-rays and gamma–rays, with special reference towards high energy signatures. Several sections devoted to key analysis techniques demonstrate how modern research in this field is pursued and new chapters are introduced on massive star formation, proto-planetary disks and observations of young exoplanets. Recent advances and contemporary research on the theory of star formation are explained, as are new observations, specifically from the three great observatories of the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory which all now operate at the same time and make high resolution space based observing in its prime. As indicated by the new title two new chapters have been included on proto-planetary disks and young exoplanets. Many more colour images illustrate attractive old and new topics that have evolved in recent years. The author gives updates in theory, fragmentation, dust, and circumstellar disks and emphasizes and strengthens the targeting of graduate students and young researchers, focusing more on computational approaches in this edition.  


Chandra X-ray Telescope Cosmological star formation Early Evolution of Stars Eta Carina Formation of Stars Formation of solar system Hubble Space Telescope Interstellar Matter Interstellar clouds Massive star formation Planet formation Radiative Signatures of YSOs Spitzer Telescope Star Forming Regions Star formation book Starburst regions Starbursts Stellar evolution YSOs Young Exoplanets protoplanetary disks Young exoplanets Young stellar objects

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center For Space ResearchMassachusetts Inst. TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Formation and Early Evolution of Stars
  • Book Subtitle From Dust to Stars and Planets
  • Authors Norbert S. Schulz
  • Series Title Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Astronomy,Astrophysics Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-23925-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-44168-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-23926-7
  • Series ISSN 0941-7834
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXII, 518
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
  • Topics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"In ten chapters, Schulz (MIT) does an excellent job developing the story historically, explaining how stars are formed from gas and dust in interstellar nurseries located in molecular clouds. … It has equations and derivations, and cites background reading (944 references). Included are 18 color plates seven pages of abbreviations, 8 pages of variables, constants and units, and a 16-page index. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division (senior) undergraduates through professionals." (W. E. Howard, Choice, November, 2006)