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The Enigma of the Aerofoil : Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930.

Author: David Bloor
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
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Why do aircraft fly? How do their wings support them? In the early years of aviation, there was an intense dispute between British and German experts over the question of why and how an aircraft wing provides lift. The British, under the leadership of the great Cambridge mathematical physicist Lord Rayleigh, produced highly elaborate investigations of the nature of discontinuous flow, while the Germans, following  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Bloor, David.
Enigma of the Aerofoil : Rival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2011
Named Person: Ludwig Prandtl; Ludwig Prandtl
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Bloor
ISBN: 9780226060934 0226060934
OCLC Number: 965464508
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (562 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Question to Be Answered; 1. Mathematicians versus Practical Men: The Founding of the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; 2. The Air as an Ideal Fluid: Classical Hydrodynamics and the Foundations of Aerodynamics; 3. Early British Work on Lift and Drag: Rayleigh Flow versus the Aerodynamics of Intuition; 4. Lanchester's Cyclic Theory of Lift and Its Early Reception; 5. Two Traditions: Mathematical Physics and Technical Mechanics; 6. Technische Mechanik in Action: Kutta's Arc and the Joukowsky Wing. 7. The Finite Wing: Ludwig Prandtl and the Göttingen School8. "We Have Nothing to Learn from the Hun": Realization Dawns; 9. The Laws of Prandtl and the Laws of Nature; 10. Pessimism, Positivism, and Relativism: Aerodynamic Knowledge in Context; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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