This is definitely not a biography of Prandtl (however desirable this might be), but a history of fluid dynamics a viewed by Prandtl′s impact on it, focusing on the science/technology dualism. This means that the field is not treated merely as a byproduct of aviation history, but instead this is the first publication to describe the evolution of fluid dynamics as a major field in modern science and engineering.
While certainly suitable for other readers, this book is intended for natural scientists and engineers, as well as historians of science and technology.
2. The beginnings of fluid dynamics in Goettingen, 1904–1914
3. Aviation and the rise of aerodynamics in the World War I
4. The internationalization of fluid mechanics in the 1920s
5. A ′working program′ for research on turbulence
6. Aerodynamics comes of age
7. New applications
8. Prandtl, fluid dynamics and National Socialism
9. New centers
10. Fluid dynamics on the eve of the Second World War
11. Mysterious Harmony: Fluid dynamics between science and technology
The Aerospace Professional
"For all lovers and aficionados of fluid mechanics, professionals, and amateurs, ′The Dawn of Fluid Dynamics: A Discipline Between Science and
Technology′ is a recommended read."
AIAA Journal, April 2007
"One′s library is incomplete without it...Essential." CHOICE, October 2006