Worlds of Flow: A History of Hydrodynamics from the Bernoullis to Prandtl

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OUP Oxford, Sep 1, 2005 - Mathematics - 356 pages
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The first of its kind, this book is an in-depth history of hydrodynamics from its eighteenth-century foundations to its first major successes in twentieth-century hydraulics and aeronautics. It documents the foundational role of fluid mechanics in developing a new mathematical physics. It gives full and clear accounts of the conceptual breakthroughs of physicists and engineers who tried to meet challenges in the practical worlds of hydraulics, navigation, blood circulation, meteorology, and aeronautics, and it shows how hydrodynamics at last began to fulfill its early promise to unify the different worlds of flow. Richly illustrated, technically thorough, and sensitive to cross-cultural effects, this history should attract a broad range of historians, scientists, engineers, and philosophers and be a standard reference for anyone interested in fluid mechanics.
  

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Contents

1 The dynamical equations
1
2 Water waves
31
3 Viscosity
101
4 Vortices
145
5 Instability
183
6 Turbulence
219
7 Drag and lift
264
8 Conclusion
323
Modern discussion of dAlemberts paradox
326
Bibliography
329
Index
350
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Olivier Darrigol is Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France.

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