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`Much recent research is incorporated. This makes the book interesting to read,.... the writing is clear and careful, anticipating students' difficulties.' `I feel confident that it will be deservedly successful.'Times Higher Education Supplement

`in this excellent mathematical undergraduate text, the author has managed to discuss the major topics in inviscid and viscous fluid dynamics.' MATHEMATIKA

'a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to the mathematical study of fluid behaviour' Physics Briefs 1991

`Throughout, the author demonstrates his awareness of the relevance of his material, and conveys his enthusiasm for it. His book has its own particular flavour, contains a wealth of information, and is mathematically secure. It can be confidently recommended.'Journal of Fluid Mechanics

'a very readable book and the authors attractive style makes it an enjoyable exercise' Professor N. C. Freeman (University of Newcastle), Contemporary Physics, Volume 32, Number 2, March/April 1991

'The book is aimed at applied mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, but is carefully and clearly written and could cheerfully grace the shelves of any pure mathematician interested in the real world.' New Scientist

`Throughout he lovingly describes experiments and presents drawings of the results.'`Acheson's voice is almost conversational. He includes many good exercises (with hints and answers in the back).' `I really find this a very attractive book and am happy to recommend it for a first graduate course in fluid mechanics.'Physics Today

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D. J. Acheson is at Jesus College, Oxford.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas F. on 23 Jun. 2003
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I found this book vital in plugging a hole in my knowledge in the step up from undergraduate maths to post-graduate applied maths - the book's approach pleased me very much as it is rooted in the mathematics of the subject. No equation is plucked from the air - the fluid dynamics is described from first principles, for both viscous and non-viscous flows, with some investigation into boundary layers.
The exercises are particularly useful, and the answers given are detailed. Probably a good working knowledge of vector calculus is needed, although the method for calculating divergence and curl in curvilinear coords is well explained in appendices. The chapter on waves is a good read - some rather paradoxical results there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ab..c VINE VOICE on 9 May 2013
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*Physical

The book is very well bound for a paperback. Also the size of its fonts is kind to those whom need glasses.

* The areas covered

These areas are Introduction, Elementary Viscous Flow, Waves, Classical Aero foil
Theory, Vortex Motion, Navier - Stokes Equation, Very Viscous Flow, Boundary Layers, Instability, Appendix Hints and answers

And the best of all Appendix Hints and answers. This is a great crib list of Vector stuff, Divergence theorem
Stokes Theorem, Orthogonal stuff and coordinate systems for Cylindrical and Spherical when applied to Navier - Stokes
equations. The answers are really helpful and have been a boon to help me along when stuck.
Its been a REALLY rewarding challenge to break this topic. Although I must add that I have not grasped ALL of this and its
still some outstanding topics to take in.

* What is the authors teaching style?

Whilst your studying your way through the topics, the author builds a BROAD supportive level of knowledge. Then this
allows you to work within these platforms to fit them together more closely.

Another feature working with this book, whilst studying it you need a firm grasp of the
fundamental supporting levels. This shows a 'transparency' by 'looking down' from these higher areas
and reach down into the more elemental supporting areas all at the same time. Its wonderful! It has a great
sense of continuity as your not left 'boxed-in' when your reading. This is only done with
a great amount of feedback from tests in the field with students?

* What stands out?

By the two approach methods, 'Classical Aerofoil Theory' proved a revelation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Holloway on 4 Mar. 2014
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Very useful textbook, especially the apendix, which has all of the useful things that I usually forget when carrying out my research as a PhD student in applied mathematics
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Glover on 11 Oct. 2013
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The book is fantastic for fluid dynamics but the one i received had 16 pages that were blank which is annoying
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By terence patrick oakley on 31 Oct. 2014
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It was for my son
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