Synopses & Reviews
This monograph on fluid mechanics is not only a superb and unique textbook but also an impressive piece of research. It is the only textbook that fully covers turbulence, all the way from the works of Kolmogorov to modern dynamics.
Review
"Gallavotti's remarkable new book, Foundations of Fluid Dynamics, takes a fresh look at the essential formulation and phenomenology of fluid dynamics as reflected in the research of the 70s, 80s and 90s. [...] Foundations of Fluid Dynamics is strongly recommended, by this reviewer, for acquisition by academic libraries and for the use of anyone with a serious interest in the mathematical foundations of fluid dynamics." (J.H. Lienhard, Applied Mechanics Review, 55/4, 2002) "This is an advanced textbook suitable for higher level graduate coursework and as a research reference work. [...] All in all, this book presents a broad range of topics in sufficient depth to make it relatively self-contained." (Mathematical Reviews 2003e)
Review
"Gallavotti's remarkable new book,
Foundations of Fluid Dynamics, takes a fresh look at the essential formulation and phenomenology of fluid dynamics as reflected in the research of the 70s, 80s and 90s. [...]
Foundations of Fluid Dynamics is strongly recommended, by this reviewer, for acquisition by academic libraries and for the use of anyone with a serious interest in the mathematical foundations of fluid dynamics." (J.H. Lienhard, Applied Mechanics Review, 55/4, 2002)
"This is an advanced textbook suitable for higher level graduate coursework and as a research reference work. [...] All in all, this book presents a broad range of topics in sufficient depth to make it relatively self-contained." (Mathematical Reviews 2003e)
Synopsis
The imagination is struck by the substantial conceptual identity between the problems met in the theoretical study of physical phenomena. It is absolutely unexpected and surprising, whether one studies equilibrium statistical me chanics, or quantum field theory, or solid state physics, or celestial mechanics, harmonic analysis, elasticity, general relativity or fluid mechanics and chaos in turbulence. So when in 1988 I was made chair of Fluid Mechanics at the Universita La Sapienza, not out of recognition of work I did on the subject (there was none) but, rather, to avoid my teaching mechanics, from which I could have a strong cultural influence on mathematical physics in Rome, I was not excessively worried, although I was clearly in the wrong place. The subject is wide, hence in the last decade I could do nothing else but go through books and libraries looking for something that was within the range of the methods and experiences of my past work. The first great surprise was to realize that the mathematical theory of fluids is in an even more primitive state than I was aware of. Nevertheless it still seems to me that a detailed analysis of the mathematical problems is essential for anyone who wishes to do research into fluids. Therefore, I dedicated (Chap. 3) all the space necessary to a complete exposition of the theories of Leray, of Scheffer and of Caffarelli, Kohn and Nirenberg, taken directly from the original works."
Table of Contents
From the contents: Continua and Generalities About Their Equations.- Empirical Algorithms.- Analytical Theories.- Analytical Theories and Mathematical Aspects.- Incipient Turbulence and Chaos.- Ordering Chaos.- Developed Turbulence.- Statistical Properties of Turbulence.- Bibliography.- Name Index.- Subject Index.- Citations Index.