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Springer Biographies

Ludwig Prandtl

A Life for Fluid Mechanics and Aeronautical Research

Authors: Eckert, Michael

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  • A comprehensive biography of a pioneer in fluid mechanics
  • Provides fascinating insights into many facets of German science spanning two World Wars
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This is a comprehensive biography of Ludwig Prandtl (1875-1953), the father of modern aerodynamics. His name is associated most famously with the boundary layer concept, but also with several other topics in 20th century fluid mechanics, particularly turbulence (Prandtl's mixing length). Among his disciples are pioneers of modern fluid mechanics such as Heinrich Blasius, Theodore von Kármán and Walter Tollmien. Furthermore, Prandtl founded the Aerodynamische Versuchsanstalt (AVA) and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Strömungsforschung in Göttingen, both of them seeds for the growth of fluid mechanics in Germany. Yet Prandtl was also a representative of aeronautical research - from Imperial Germany via the Weimar Republic to the "Third Reich". Although not a party member, he assumed the role of a goodwill ambassador for Nazi Germany. This objective treatment of his career will be of interest to all scientists and historians wanting to learn more about Prandtl's influence and the early development of fluid- and aerodynamics.

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Michael Eckert, born 1949, graduated in physics and has subsequently devoted himself to the history of science and technology, as a member of the Deutsche Museum's Research Institute in Munich. He has published numerous articles and books, mainly about the history of modern physics. His special fields of interest include the history of atomic and quantum physics, and also the evolution of fluid mechanics.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ludwig Prandtl
Book Subtitle
A Life for Fluid Mechanics and Aeronautical Research
Authors
Translated by
Tigwell, D.
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05663-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05663-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05662-9
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 360
Number of Illustrations
47 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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