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Turbulence: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers Hardcover – July 15, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-0198529484 ISBN-10: 0198529481

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"The author's lucid approach puts the reader right in the front seat. Davidson's book is highly recommended for its ability to capture the fundamental naure of turbulence in the first three chapters."--CHOICE


"...[T]his is a very readable book, and the mathematics should be well within the capacity of a graduate engineer or physicist...A reader with time to read it from cover to cover will find the time well spent."--AIAA Journal


"...Davidson presents a thoughtful and detailed discussion of the basic physics of incompressible fluid turbulence. He is careful...in emphasizing the many places where our knowledge about the field is far from certain. For someone who wants to understand the fundamentals of turbulence, this book is a good start."--Physics Today


About the Author


P. A. Davidson is a Reader in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Cambridge. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and was awarded the Institute of Materials prize in 1996.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 678 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198529481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198529484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandar on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is really great! The complex things in turbulence are explained in that way I've never seen it before. There are a lot of great figures that are explaining a lot of things - for example, vorticity dynamics is followed with great pictures. Main topic of this book is physical aspect of turbulence, and that's great.

If you're dealing (better to say coping) with turbulence in some way, you should have this book - specially if you're a novice in this area.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2006
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This text is well-written and presents a lot of advanced material in relatively short order. However, the mathematics involved are quite advanced and the book is certainly intended only for people with some background in fluids - it is far from an "introductory" text!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged on May 17, 2013
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I would regard this book as one of the "bibles" of Turbulence.

There is the paradox that the sheer comprehensiveness of this work reminds us all that there is, as yet, still no overall Theory of Turbulence.

As Davidson says in the Preface:-

"Turbulence holds a unique place in the field of classical mechanics. Despite the fact that the governing equations have been known since 1845, there is still surprisingly little we can predict with relative certainty. The situation is reminiscent of the state of electromagnetism before it was transformed by Faraday and Maxwell."
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By UT purchase on June 30, 2014
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Besides all other good stuff, I actually like the margins that allows my own deviation of heavy mathematics. Thank you!
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