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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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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. This title reveals the impact that the  Read more...


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Named Person: Ludwig Prandtl
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bloor
ISBN: 9780226060941 0226060942
OCLC Number: 805010352
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 497-533.
Description: 1 vol. (XIV-547 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Mathematicians versus practical men: the founding of the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ; The air as an ideal fluid: classical hydrodynamics and the foundations of aerodynamics ; Early British work on lift and drag: Rayleigh flow versus the aerodynamics of intuition ; Lanchester's cyclic theory of lift and its early reception ; Two traditions: mathematical physics and technical mechanics ; Technische Mechanik in action: Kutta's arc and the Joukowsky wing ; The finite wing: Ludwig Prandtl and the Göttingen school ; '"We have nothing to learn from the Hun": realization dawns ; The laws of Prandtl and the laws of nature ; Pessimism, positivism, and relativism: aerodynamic knowledge in context.
Responsibility: David Bloor.
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