Worlds of Flow
A History of Hydrodynamics from the Bernoullis to Prandtl
By (author) Olivier Darrigol
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Worlds of Flow by Olivier Darrigol
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199559114
(240mm x 169mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Provides the history of hydrodynamics, including accounts of the problems of hydraulics, navigation, blood circulation, meteorology, and aeronautics that motivated the main conceptual innovations. This book documents the foundational role of fluid mechanics in developing a mathematical physics.
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Author Biography - Olivier Darrigol
Olivier Darrigol is Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France. His previous book, Electrodynamics from Ampere to Einstein (OUP 2000), won the Marc-Auguste Pictet prize of the Societe de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle de Geneve in 2000. In 2004, he was awarded the Grammaticakis-Neumann prize of the French Academy of Sciences.
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