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"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)