The Turbulence Problem

A Persistent Riddle in Historical Perspective

  • Michael Eckert

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Michael Eckert
    Pages 1-16
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    Pages 17-26
  4. Michael Eckert
    Pages 39-48
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    Pages 49-60
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    Pages 61-74
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    Pages 75-85
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    Pages 87-89
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 91-107

About this book


On the road toward a history of turbulence, this book focuses on what the actors in this research field have identified as the “turbulence problem”. Turbulent flow rose to prominence as one of the most persistent challenges in science. At different times and in different social and disciplinary settings, the nature of this problem has changed in response to changing research agendas.

This book does not seek to provide a comprehensive account, but instead an exemplary exposition on the environments in which problems become the subjects of research agendas, with particular emphasis on the first half of the 20th century.


Navier-Stokes equations Reynolds number Turbulent flow Kolmogorov History of turbulence research Problems in turbulence Equations describing turbulent flows RANS equations

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.ForschungsinstitutDeutsches MuseumMünchenGermany

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