Synopses & Reviews
Selected Works of Ya. B. Zeldovich is a two-volume collection of over 100 articles spanning half a century of work by the late Soviet scientist Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich. The breadth and depth of Zeldovich's work is staggering. Author of over twenty books and more than 500 scientific articles, he made fundamental contributions in chemical catalysis and kinetics, combustion and the hydrodynamics of explosive phenomena, nuclear chain reactions and nuclear energy, the physics of elementary particles, and the large-scale structure of the universe and cosmology. The importance of this collection lies not only in its documentary value as a collection of key scientific works by a man whose genius was characterized by the Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov as "probably unique." Zeldovich himself considered his most valuable role to be that of a teacher, to convey to young scientists the how of science. The author of several excellent textbooks on topics ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced methods of mathematical physics, he saw this collection of works, enlarged from the original Russian edition, as a contribution to that end. Here one can see the scientific method at work--and all the enthusiasm, the breakthroughs, and the mistakes associated with real scientific endeavor. Commentaries by the author and the editors are included with each paper serving to enhance both the historical and the pedagogical value of this edition.
Originally published in 1992.
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Table of Contents
| Preface | |
| The Scientific and Creative Career of Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich (1984) | 3 |
I | Adsorption and Catalysis | |
1 | On the Theory of the Freundlich Adsorption Isotherm | 58 |
2 | Adsorption on a Uniform Surface | 68 |
3 | On the Theory of Reactions on Powders and Porous Substances | 71 |
II | Hydrodynamics. Magnetohydrodynamics. Heat Transfer. Self-Similarity | |
4 | The Asymptotic Law of Heat Transfer at Small Velocities in the Finite Domain Problem | 78 |
5 | The Asymptotic Laws of Freely-Ascending Convective Flows | 82 |
6 | Exact Solution of the Diffusion Problem in a Periodic Velocity Field and Turbulent Diffusion | 86 |
7 | A Magnetic Field in the Two-Dimensional Motion of a Conducting Turbulent Fluid | 93 |
8 | The Magnetic Field in a Conducting Fluid Moving in Two Dimensions | 97 |
9 | Gas Motion Under the Action of Short-Duration Pressure (Impulse) | 106 |
III | Phase Transitions. Molecular Physics | |
10 | On the Theory of New Phase Formation. Cavitation | 120 |
11 | Theory of Interaction Between an Atom and a Metal | 138 |
12 | Proof of the Uniqueness of the Solution of the Equations of the Law of Mass Action | 144 |
13 | On the Relation Between Liquid and Gaseous States of Metals | 148 |
IV | Theory of Shock Waves | |
14 | On the Possibility of Rarefaction Shock Waves | 152 |
15 | On the Propagation of Shock Waves in a Gas with Reversible Chemical Reactions | 155 |
16 | Theory of Combustion and Detonation of Gases | 162 |
I | Ignition and Thermal Explosion | |
17 | On the Theory of Thermal Intensity. Exothermic Reaction in a Jet I | 233 |
17a | On the Theory of Thermal Intensity. Exothermic Reaction in a Jet II. Consideration of Heat Transfer in the Reaction | 243 |
18 | The Theory of Ignition by a Heated Surface | 255 |
II | Flame Propagation | |
19 | A Theory of Thermal Flame Propagation | 262 |
20 | The Theory of the Limit of Propagation of a Slow Flame | 271 |
21 | Diffusion Phenomena at the Limits of Flame Propagation. An Experimental Study of Flegmatization of Explosive Mixtures of Carbon Monoxide | 288 |
22 | On the Theory of Combustion of Non-Premixed Gases | 304 |
23 | Numerical Study of Flame Propagation in a Mixture Reacting at the Initial Temperature | 320 |
III | Combustion of Powders. Oxidation of Nitrogen | |
24 | On the Theory of Combustion of Powders and Explosives | 330 |
25 | The Oxidation of Nitrogen in Combustion and Explosions | 364 |
26 | Oxidation of Nitrogen in Combustion and Explosions | 404 |
IV | Detonation | |
27 | On the Theory of Detonation Propagation in Gaseous Systems | 411 |
28 | On Detonation of Gas Mixtures | 452 |
29 | Flame Propagation in Tubes: Hydrodynamics and Stability | 459 |