If you are thinking of whether to buy this book, then my advice is buy it! Together with GK Batchelor's mathematical "An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics", it is probably the most frequently quoted one-volume general text on dynamics of incompressible flow. The treatment is physical as opposed to an engineering or applied mathematical approach. The book spawned from advanced undergraduate physics courses the author taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Tritton prefaced that he appreciated the needs of geo- and planetary fluid dynamicsists better. However, and I agree totally with him, that it should be useful to all readers who need an understanding of physical phenomena of fluid motions. The book should serve well as an undergraduate text and as a 'guide' to researchers. There are specific references and bibliography which the inquisitive readers can follow up. There are 26 Chapters. Below are titles of some chapters which, I believe, are representatives of the book: 3. Flow past a circular cylinder 9. Some solutions of the viscous flow equations 10. Inviscid flow 12. Separation and attachment 14. Convection 15. Stratified flow 16. Flow in rotating fluids 17. Instabilities 19. Turbulence 23. Double diffusive free convection 24. Dynamical chaos 25. Experimental methods
I had the privilege of being taught by Dr David John Tritton, an eminent fluid dynamicist, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where understandably he recommended this book. The book is excellently written and very clear and although I had the benefit of my lecture notes from Dr Tritton's lectures (upon which the book was based) I referred to the book throughout my studies and afterwards.
Dr Tritton was awarded a Rutherford Memorial Scholarship by the The Royal Society, to enable him to carry out post-doctorate research. No-one has written a book on fluid dynamics with greater expertise.