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Fluid Mechanics (Course of Theoretical Physics) Paperback – July, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0080339320 ISBN-10: 0080339328 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Course of Theoretical Physics (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 551 pages
  • Publisher: Pergamon Pr; 2nd edition (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080339328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080339320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book will find its place on the shelves of all libraries covering the mechanics of liquids and gases'
Mathematics Abstracts

'A classic in the field of fluid mechanics'
IOP Publishing Ltd

'This book will continue to be a rich source of understanding of fluid mechanics for adequately prepared readers...there is no better aid than Landau and Liftshitz's 'Fluid Mechanics' '
Journal of Fluid Mechanics

'Has lasting value as a reference text'
The International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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For physics majors, this is the book to get on fluid mechanics.
Jill Malter
The book is written in a language proper of a theoretical physicist, but owing to its clarity, it can be read without problems for other scientists.
Paulo (paulovol@convex.com.br)
I had read the first edition one that I borrowed from the library.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Utah Blaine on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a classic text on fluid mechanics, and an essential for any serious researcher in the field. This book starts by deriving the basic equations of fluid dynamics (a few simple equations - easy, huh?), then each subsequent chapter discusses narrower topics such as viscosity, turbulence, supersonic flow, etc. As a text for a student, this book has some serious limitations in my view. I would not recommend this book to someone approaching the material for the first time, or to teach oneself, it is really best as a research resource for a professional or graduate student. One thing that I didn't like about this book (and this is a complaint about the LL series in general) is that it is very difficult to separate which topics are general and which are very specific. The reader needs to know a bit about hydrodynamics before approaching this book in my opinion. For example, LL discuss the Rankine-Hugoniot equations for flow across a shock (a general result fundamental to hydrodynamics), then in the next section they discuss the supersonic corrugation instability, a subject that is really of interest to a small number of researchers and advanced graduate student in specific fields. Overall, not a great learning text, but an irreplacable reference on hydrodynamics. If you are looking for an introductory text, start with Batchelor.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ramiro on October 26, 1999
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Landau & Lifshz "Course of Theoretical Physics" is a famous and respected set of books in Physics. Unfortunately, Butterworth-Heinemann, who currently prints those books in English, prints them with very poor quality. The books seem to be "printed" in old copy machines and the paper used is also a cheap one. In many pages, it is really hard to read the text, due to such poor printing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on November 11, 2004
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This is an excellent fluid mechanics text. It is also my first recommendation to those who wish to study acoustics. You ought to start with the initial chapters on fluids; you'll need that material for some of what follows. The 65-page chapter on sound is simply marvellous. And then comes material on a wealth of topics, including shock waves, supersonic flow, detonation waves, relativistic fluid dynamics, and a short but valuable section on superfluid dynamics and the propagation of sound in a superfluid.

For physics majors, this is the book to get on fluid mechanics. The explanations are short and clear, and the material is comprehensive. In addition, the exercises are well-chosen, and the solutions are always included.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paulo (paulovol@convex.com.br) on July 23, 1998
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This is the Volume 6 of the famous Course of Theoretical Physics by L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz. All serious students of theoretical physics must possess the ten volumes of this excellent Course, which cover in detail and rigour practically all the branches of theoretical physics. The Volume 6 treats the theory of the motion of liquids and gases. The book opens with the theory of ideal fluids and drives the attention of the reader to a large amount of topics, which are discussed in greater detail and, moreover, discussing with details topics not usually found in other similar books, such as turbulence, sound, fluid dynamics of combustion, relativistic fluid dynamics and the dynamics of superfluids. The book is written in a language proper of a theoretical physicist, but owing to its clarity, it can be read without problems for other scientists. A superb book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas S Cull on November 15, 2010
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The book is often cited by other authors of fluid mechanics and explosion/shock wave work which is why I bought it. It makes a great reference book, yet is probably not the best choice for an introductory course. It is very complete in its development of topics and the problems/examples are all solved in straight forward approaches.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By henrique fleming on July 20, 1998
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This is another fantastic book from the Landau-Lifshitz series. I studied it in depth and then taught from it. I don't think there is any book of PHYSICAL quantum mechanics comparable to it, not even the classical Sommerfeld's "Mechanics of Defromable Bodies". What I like most in this book is the constant use of thermodynamics, allowing the treatment of much more real (and interesting) systems. For instance, it derives quite early conditions for the establishment of atmospheric thermal inversion, a problem of great practical importance in our days. The introduction of the Reynold's number is also superior to any other I've met. Relativistic fluid mechanics receives also a very good treatment, being an excellent preparation for relativistic cosmology. In this book Landau presents his ideas on turbulence, what is called now the Landau-Kolmogoroff turbulence theory. This is being challenged, after recent progresses on deterministic chaos, by different theories, l! ike that of Ruelle-Takens. Still, in order to really enjoy the progresses in this field, you should know both, and the perfect source of information for Landau-Kolmogoroff theory is Landau's book.
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