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The Dawn of Fluid Dynamics: A Discipline Between Science and Technology

The Dawn of Fluid Dynamics: A Discipline Between Science and Technology

Michael Eckert

ISBN: 978-3-527-61074-7

Jun 2007

296 pages

$95.99

Description

This is the first publication to describe the evolution of fluid dynamics as a major field in modern science and engineering. It contains a description of the interaction between applied research and application, taking as its example the history of fluid mechanics in the 20th century.
The focus lies on the work of Ludwig Prandtl, founder of the aerodynamic research center (AVA) in Göttingen, whose ideas and publications have influenced modern aerodynamics and fluid mechanics in many fields. While suitable for others, this book is intended for natural scientists and engineers as well as historians of science and technology.
1. Diverging trends before the 20th century
2. The beginnings of fluid dynamics in Goettingen, 1904-1914
3. Aviation and the rise of aerodynamics in the World War I
4. The internationalization of fluid mechanics in the 1920s
5. A 'working program' for research on turbulence
6. Aerodynamics comes of age
7. New applications
8. Prandtl, fluid dynamics and National Socialism
9. New centers
10. Fluid dynamics on the eve of the Second World War
11. Mysterious Harmony: Fluid dynamics between science and technology
"For its scope, and the detail Eckert gives in his discussions of many such examples, this excellent book can be strongly recommended."
The Aerospace Professional

"For all lovers and aficionados of fluid mechanics, professionals, and amateurs, 'The Dawn of Fluid Dynamics: A Discipline Between Science and
Technology' is a recommended read."
AIAA Journal, April 2007

"One's library is incomplete without it...Essential." CHOICE, October 2006