The stability of laminar flow has for a long time been a subject of considerable dispute, and it is only recently that clarity has been achieved in the essential points. Recently two surveys of the problem, by Lin [3] and by Tollmien [13] have been published. Since these surveys and the calculations contained in them have contributed essentially to the clarity in this problem, I need not here repeat the survey in detail. I would like however to go shortly through the history of the problem and to add a few remarks at those points where I think that a further clarification is necessary. At the same time I would like to discuss the physical interpretation of the mathematical results and to compare it with the physical interpretation of the statistical isotropic turbulence.


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  • W. Heisenberg
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute für PhysicsGöttingenDeutschland

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