By Peter A. Davidson, Yukio Kaneda, Keith Moffatt, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan

Turbulence is well known as one of many extraordinary difficulties of the actual sciences, however it nonetheless continues to be simply partly understood regardless of having attracted the sustained efforts of many best scientists for good over a century. In A Voyage via Turbulence we're transported via a vital interval of the heritage of the topic through biographies of twelve of its nice personalities, beginning with Osborne Reynolds and his pioneering paintings of the Eighteen Eighties. This ebook will offer soaking up studying for each scientist, mathematician and engineer attracted to the historical past and tradition of turbulence, as heritage to the serious demanding situations that this common phenomenon nonetheless provides.

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This seems highly unlikely, first because, while he would have been at pains to dissociate himself from the formal trappings and snobbery of such a title, he would probably have been delighted if somewhat bemused by the award. Secondly, if such an offer had been made and declined, this fact (while kept secret during his lifetime) would surely have been disclosed following his death in one or more of the obituaries written by his colleagues. Thus, there remains the question as to why he was not knighted, in response to which the authors offer three possible contributory factors.

4 Early Photograph of Owens College. Reproduced with permission of the University of Manchester. calming of seas (both by raindrops and by an oil film on the surface) and the formation of hailstones and snowflakes. For some of these studies he contrived simple but effective small-scale experiments using relatively unsophisticated apparatus. Even after the removal of the College in 1873 to a new purposebuilt campus on a site south of the city centre (today the core of Manchester University) there was initially only limited scope for experimental work.

Calming of seas (both by raindrops and by an oil film on the surface) and the formation of hailstones and snowflakes. For some of these studies he contrived simple but effective small-scale experiments using relatively unsophisticated apparatus. Even after the removal of the College in 1873 to a new purposebuilt campus on a site south of the city centre (today the core of Manchester University) there was initially only limited scope for experimental work. A fuller summary of this phase of Reynolds’ research appears in Jackson (1995) together with reproductions of the diagrams of the apparatus used in each case.

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