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Reader Question: National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films

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lazenby asks: Have you seen these guys? http://web.mit.edu/hml/ncfmf.html

Yes, absolutely! Those videos, which date from the 1960s, are so useful that they’re still shown to undergraduates today. (Or at least they showed several of them to us when I was junior!) They can seem a bit slow by current standards, but the films are full of great demonstrations of basic fluid mechanics. If the links on that page don’t work (or, if like me, you can’t stream RealPlayer), a lot of the videos can also be found on YouTube by searching for individual titles. The Low Reynolds Number Flow video is one of my favorites because it’s hosted by G. I. Taylor, one of the the most prolific and influential fluid mechanicians of the 20th century.

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