The Origin of Stars and Planetary Systems

  • Charles J. Lada
  • Nikolaos D. Kylafis

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASIC, volume 540)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. The Nature of Molecular Clouds and their Relation to Star Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Leo Blitz, Jonathan P. Williams
      Pages 3-28
    3. Ewine F. Van Dishoeck, Michiel R. Hogerheijde
      Pages 97-140
  3. The Origin and Early Evolution of Low Mass Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-142
    2. Charles J. Lada
      Pages 143-192
    3. Frank H. Shu, Anthony Allen, Hsien Shang, Eve C. Ostriker, Zhi-Yun Li
      Pages 193-226
    4. R. Bachiller, M. Tafalla
      Pages 227-266
    5. Bo Reipurth, A. C. Raga
      Pages 267-304
    6. Telemachos Ch. Mouschovias, Glenn E. Ciolek
      Pages 305-340
    7. Claude Bertout, Francois Ménard
      Pages 341-374
    8. Francesco Palla
      Pages 375-409
  4. The Role of Clustering in Star Formation, the Origin of Massive Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 410-410
    2. A. G. A. Brown, A. Blaauw, R. Hoogerwerf, J. H. J. De Bruijne, P. T. De Zeeuw
      Pages 411-440
    3. Elizabeth A. Lada
      Pages 441-478
    4. Ed Churchwell
      Pages 515-552
    5. N. D. Kylafis, K. G. Pavlakis
      Pages 553-576
  5. The Physics of Circumstellar Disks and Planet Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 577-578
    2. Steven V. W. Beckwith
      Pages 579-612
    3. Scott J. Kenyon
      Pages 613-642
    4. Steven P. Ruden
      Pages 643-680
    5. G. W. Marcy, R. P. Butler
      Pages 681-708
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 709-718

About this book


A few years after the publication of The Physics of Star Formation and Early Stellar Evolution, we received a request from the publisher for an up­ dated second edition of this popular reference book. As originally intended, the volume had proved to be a useful "text" book for graduate astronomy courses and seminars which dealt with topics related to stellar origins. The book was based on a series of lectures delivered by a distinguished group of leading researchers at a NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) held in May 1990 on the island of Crete, Greece. The primary goal of the ASI was in fact to produce a book which "would simultaneously provide a broad and systematic overview of, as well as a rigorous introduction to, the fun­ damental physics and astronomy at the heart of modern research in star formation and early stellar evolution. " However, by 1995 concern had arisen among those who used the text as a reference for graduate seminars and courses that the book would need to be updated to stay abreast of the discoveries and progress in this rapidly evolving field. After some discussion we concluded that a new edition of the book was warranted and that the goal of producing a new edition would be best accomplished by organizing a second ASI in Crete to review the progress in star formation research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles J. Lada
    • 1
  • Nikolaos D. Kylafis
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklion, CreteGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5909-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4509-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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