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Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 5th Edition 5th Edition

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About the Author

John D. Anderson, Jr., was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 1937. He attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1959 with high honors and a bachelor of aeronautical engineering degree. From 1959 to 1962, he was a lieutenant and task scientist at the Aerospace Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. From 1962 to 1966, he attended the Ohio State University under the National Science Foundation and NASA Fellowships, graduating with a Ph.D. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory as Chief of the Hypersonics Group. In 1973, he became Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, and since 1980 has been professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. In 1982, he was designated a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher by the University. During 1986–1987, while on sabbatical from the University, Dr. Anderson occupied the Charles Lindbergh Chair at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. He continued with the Air and Space Museum one day each week as their Special Assistant for Aerodynamics, doing research and writing on the history of aerodynamics. In addition to his position as professor of aerospace engineering, in 1993, he was made a full faculty member of the Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science and in 1996 an affiliate member of the History Department at the University of Maryland. In 1996, he became the Glenn L. Martin Distinguished Professor for Education in Aerospace Engineering. In 1999, he retired from the University of Maryland and was appointed Professor Emeritus. He is currently the Curator for Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Anderson has published 10 books: Gasdynamic Lasers: An Introduction, Academic Press (1976), and under McGraw-Hill, Introduction to Flight (1978, 1984, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2008), Modern Compressible Flow (1982, 1990, 2003), Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (1984, 1991, 2001, 2007), Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics (1989), Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Basics with Applications (1995), Aircraft Performance and Design (1999), A History of Aerodynamics and Its Impact on Flying Machines, Cambridge University Press (1997 hardback, 1998 paperback), The Airplane: A History of Its Technology, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2003), and Inventing Flight, Johns Hopkins University Press (2004). He is the author of over 120 papers on radiative gasdynamics, reentry aerothermodynamics, gasdynamic and chemical lasers, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, hypersonic flow, and the history of aeronautics. Dr. Anderson is in Who’s Who in America. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is also a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, The American Society for Engineering Education, the History of Science Society, and the Society for the History of Technology. In 1988, he was elected as Vice President of the AIAA for Education. In 1989, he was awarded the John Leland Atwood Award jointly by the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics “for the lasting influence of his recent contributions to aerospace engineering education.” In 1995, he was awarded the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award “for writing undergraduate and graduate textbooks in aerospace engineering which have received worldwide acclaim for their readability and clarity of presentation, including historical content.” In 1996, he was elected Vice President of the AIAA for Publications. He has recently been honored by the AIAA with its 2000 von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics.

From 1987 to the present, Dr. Anderson has been the senior consulting editor on the McGraw-Hill Series in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1106 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5th edition (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073398101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073398105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By tyanderson91 on January 15, 2012
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I was not looking forward to going into AE 202 (Low Speed Aerodynamics) at Georgia Tech. I was expecting hard work and confusion and, at first, that's exactly what I got. I was completely lost; that is until I started reading this book more carefully. I was scared going into the first test, but I started studying and re-reading the first few sections, and everything became as clear as day. I went through the same process for the second test, and by the final I felt like I was a master of incompressible flow, entirely thanks to this book.
Make no mistake, though, this book covers flows in the entire range of Mach numbers. I skimmed through chapters on supersonic and even hypersonic flow, and I was more than impressed. The book explains the fundamental science behind fluid flow, as well as applications to aerospace vehicles.
While my professor went away from this book to treat viscous flows, I found these chapters to be more than helpful. Since it is just an introductory book, it only treats a subset of flow solutions, like Couette flow and Blasius solutions, but it does provide enough references to guide you towards more advanced concepts. Because of this book, I now have a keen interest in aerodynamics. I highly recommend it for any aerospace or mechanical engineer, or any scientific mind who want to learn more about the fundamentals of fluid flow.
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This is probably as good as it gets when it comes to aerospace reading material. Very easy to read and understand. This book is very well organized, and helps you to understand the relevance of each topic. It takes you by the hand and nicely walks you though complicated concepts like it wasn't rocket science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 2, 2013
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I am currently working on a BS and MS in aerospace engineering as well as doing research on aerodynamics at a major company. This book is a necessity for any aerospace major or anyone else working/studying in the field. It provides fantastic introductory material as well as some advanced topics and is also a great reference in the workplace. It is well-written and easy to understand as well as actually being very interesting as far as textbooks go.

I buy very few textbooks, I don't think that most of them are worth the money. But Fundamentals of Aerodynamics has paid for itself many times over and I really cannot emphasize enough how great this book is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric F. on December 31, 2012
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This book is jam packed with a truck load of information, however it's very rarely explained, and the samples are few and far between, roughly one for every 10 formulae. Also, the numerical symbology is consistent, however if you forgot what 'theta' represents, you'll be looking for a while to find its reference again. The appendices are difficult to follow if you're without prior knowledge of how they interact. The book is very thoroughly researched, but isn't a good platform to understand the subject
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Professor on February 10, 2014
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I read previous reviews before I bought this book. I agree wholeheartedly with those good reviews. I intend to use this book in my Mechanical Engineering class. Sure, there are many equations but the author never loses sight of their usefulness. My only complaint is that it is an expensive book, but is worth every cent paid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fabian on April 17, 2013
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This is, in my opinion, one of the best aerodynamics books for aeronautical engineering students, expensive...but it worth ir very much
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By bimal subedi on September 8, 2013
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This book is just so awesome..it has everything that are required for an aeronautical student to build a good base
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cypher on September 22, 2014
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This book is a great primer for new aerospace students, but it lacks a lot of information. In particular, it is very sparse on compressible flow information.

I would recommend this as a textbook for a first round of aero, but after that, its time to graduate to something better.
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