The Theory of Turbulence

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar's 1954 Lectures

  • Edward A. Spiegel

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 810)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 1-2
  3. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 3-6
  4. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 7-9
  5. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 11-12
  6. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 13-17
  7. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 21-27
  8. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 29-33
  9. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 35-36
  10. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 37-48
  11. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 49-50
  12. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 51-53
  13. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 55-59
  14. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 71-79
  15. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 83-83
  16. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 85-87
  17. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Pages 89-89

About this book

Introduction

In January 1937, Nobel laureate in Physics Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was recruited to the University of Chicago. He was to remain there for his entire career, becoming Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in 1952 and attaining emeritus status in 1985. This is where his then student Ed Spiegel met him during the summer of 1954, attended his lectures on turbulence and jotted down the notes in hand. His lectures had a twofold purpose: they not only provided a very elementary introduction to some aspects of the subject for novices, they also allowed Chandra to organize his thoughts in preparation to formulating his attack on the statistical problem of homogeneous turbulence. After each lecture Ed Spiegel transcribed the notes and filled in the details of the derivations that Chandrasekhar had not included, trying to preserve the spirit of his presentation and even adding some of his side remarks. The lectures were rather impromptu and the notes as presented here are as they were set down originally in 1954. Now they are being made generally available for Chandrasekhar’s centennial.

Keywords

Chandrasekhar's Equation Fermi's law Karman-Howarth Equation Kolmogoroff's Theory harmonic analysis isotropic turbulence stationary turbulence

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward A. Spiegel
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Physics, Pupin LaboratoryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0117-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0116-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0117-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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