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This is a study of the dynamics of incompressible flow with particular emphasis on empirical information. The aim of the book is to help readers understand the behaviour of fluids in motion and the equations of motion are analyzed. The work includes a non-mathematical introduction to three particular flow configurations and consideration of topics of geophysical importance. Photographs illustrate the phenomena discussed and the concluding chapter demonstrates, through description and illustration, the wide applicability of fluid mechanics. New topics in this second edition include double diffusive convection and modern ideas about dynamical chaos - mainly in relation to transition to turbulence. The discussion of instabilities has been restructured and the treatments of separation and of convection in horizontal layers has been extended.
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From reviews of the first edition: 'reminds one of Prandtl's classic, 'Führer durch die Strömungslehre'... well suited as a text for introductory courses addressed to engineering students.' Journal of Fluid Mechanics
'It should be quite straightforward to use Physical Fluid Dynamics as a text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses...[It] is one of those rare books that offers a qualitative advance over what was available previously.' American Journal of Physics on the first edition.
The author here presents the dynamics of incompressible flow from the viewpoint of the physicist for the benefit of students and others in a variety of disciplines who need to understand fluid motion. The book will be of value to a wide range of readers, including those in the Earth sciences, physicists, engineers, and applied mathematicians.
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