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Reader Question: General Audience Fluids Books

nothing43-blog-blog asks:

Do you know any good books on fluid dynamics? Not textbooks or handbooks, but more along the lines of what you’d find in the “popular science” section of the book store – accessible to a larger audience. Or maybe a good “history of fluid dynamics” book?

That’s a great question! To be honest, I really haven’t seen any general audience fluid dynamics books–fluid dynamics is a field I like to refer to as “the physics physicists gave up on”–but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. I know fluid dynamics shows up in Feynman’s books (which are excellent reading regardless), and I read a great biography of G. I. Taylor written by G. K. Batchelor that discusses Taylor’s life and contributions to fluid mechanics through two World Wars and the aftermath. Van Dyke’s Album of Fluid Motion is a classic that’s not heavy on technical material. I’ll look into a couple of others as I get hold of them and post any suggestions I have. In the meantime, does anyone else have some general fluid dynamics reading suggestions?

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