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

Turbulence is well known as one of many remarkable difficulties of the actual sciences, however it nonetheless is still simply in part understood regardless of having attracted the sustained efforts of many prime scientists for good over a century. In A Voyage via Turbulence we're transported via an important interval of the historical past of the topic through biographies of twelve of its nice personalities, beginning with Osborne Reynolds and his pioneering paintings of the Eighteen Eighties. This publication will offer soaking up examining 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 offers.

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The tails of comets, the solar corona and the aurora, followed by the inductive role of the Sun on terrestrial magnetism, the electrical properties of clouds and the phenomenon of thunderstorms form some of the subjects of the early papers in this group. A further paper concerned the bursting of trees struck by lightning, the cause of which Reynolds was able to link to the rapid vaporization of moisture within a tree trunk by the sudden discharge of electricity through it. There were other papers on the destruction of sound by fog and the refraction of sound by the atmosphere.

2% of modern determinations, Lamb (1913) has written “The whole investigation is a model of scientific method and may claim to rank among the classical determinations of physical constants”, an assessment that Gibson (1946) felt able to repeat more than 30 years later. Osborne Reynolds’ final years in Manchester were marked by his intense efforts to provide a mechanical theory of matter and the ether stemming from ideas contained in two earlier papers. This culminated in his work The SubMechanics of the Universe being reported orally as the Royal Society’s Reid Lecture in 1902 and published as Volume 3 of his Collected Works (Reynolds, 1903).

He was then unquestionably the leading engineering fluid mechanicist in England and quite possibly more widely than that. Lord Rayleigh had meanwhile become Editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Perhaps inevitably, on receiving this second manuscript on turbulent flow from Reynolds, he sent it for review by Sir George Stokes. This time, however, the referee’s response was rather unsatisfactory. 8), effectively acknowledging that he did not understand the work. The letter is a copy-book example of the ‘on-the-one-hand .

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