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3.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Presentation of Phenomena of Interest, 30 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Flow: Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts (Paperback)
I read the book as one who was trained in the discipline of fluid mechanics, but left the field thirty years ago. Its main aim which is usually met seems to be the presentation of phenomena of interest along with simplified explanations, in an accessible way. One danger is that explanations are not only simple but wrong, and I think there are a few such instances, for example in the discussion of vortex shedding. I am doubtful if the author has done much justice to complex ideas and topics, such as links between phenomena, and the whole domain of turbulence studies; the reason for even mentioning the Navier-Stokes equations in a book of this type is beyond me. I found the mix of text and figures generally satisfying but the heavy annotation of many of the latter was irritating; a bit like books where footnotes occupy vast areas.
The book is certainly not a primer for further study, but one could do worse than use it for a 'once in a lifetime' dip into the field.
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