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Hydrodynamic and Hydromagnetic Stability [Paperback]

S. Chandrasekhar
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Feb. 1 1981 048664071X 978-0486640716
The Nobel Laureate's monumental study surveys hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability as a branch of experimental physics. Among the subjects treated: thermal instability of a layer of fluid heated from below, the Benard problem, stability of Couette flow, and the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability.

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: A Shining Star
The great Indian astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910–1995), recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his work on the later evolutionary stages of massive stars, was not only the author of several books reprinted by Dover over many years, but a frequent and highly valued reviewer of titles in his field during the 1970s and 1980s. Chandrasekhar's books, published by Dover, are: An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure, 1967; Hydrodynamic and Hydromagnetic Stability, 1981; Principles of Stellar Dynamics, 2005; Ellipsoidal Figures of Equilibrium, 1987; and Radiative Transfer, 1960.

For those concerned with the distant future ― the really distant future ― Chandrasekhar's name will always be associated with the Chandrasekhar Limit, the figure of 1.44 solar masses, the minimal mass above which a dying star will collapse into a black hole following a supernova. People on Earth need not be bothered anticipating such drama: for us, when the sun dies, the lights will just go out. In astrophysical terms, our sun will at that point be a stable white dwarf.

Critical Acclaim for Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar:
"Any new fact or insight that I may have found has not seemed to me as a 'discovery' of mine, but rather something that had always been there and that I had chanced to pick up. I discovered true mathematical elegance from Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar." ― Carl Sagan


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By stavka
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This is one of the standard monographs on hydrodynamic instabilities, considered a classic. It was published by Oxford UP in 1961 and is kept in print (at a bargain price) by Dover. It is still very usable, easy to read, and an excellent introduction, although on some points it is out of date. For Rayleigh-Benard convection, a reader would do well to consult more recent books like Drazin & Reid, Swinney & Gollub, Koschmieder, and Getling. However, nobody covers the linear theory better than Chandrasekhar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, beautiful masterpiece Feb. 7 2000
By A Customer
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I first read this book just to better understand a small point in a fluid dynamics paper I was reading, but quickly realized it is an encyclopaedic masterpiece, and found myself reading more and more. Chandasekhar's explanations are clear, easily readable, and complete, and should be a model for other writers. Anyone working on fluids should own this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, beautiful masterpiece Feb. 7 2000
By A Customer
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I first read this book just to better understand a small point in a fluid dynamics paper I was reading, but quickly realized it is an encyclopaedic masterpiece, and found myself reading more and more. Chandasekhar's explanations are clear, easily readable, and complete, and should be a model for other writers. Anyone working on fluids should own this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most affordable of the classics on hydrodynamic stability July 20 2000
By stavka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the standard monographs on hydrodynamic instabilities, considered a classic. It was published by Oxford UP in 1961 and is kept in print (at a bargain price) by Dover. It is still very usable, easy to read, and an excellent introduction, although on some points it is out of date. For Rayleigh-Benard convection, a reader would do well to consult more recent books like Drazin & Reid, Swinney & Gollub, Koschmieder, and Getling. However, nobody covers the linear theory better than Chandrasekhar.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, beautiful masterpiece Feb. 7 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book just to better understand a small point in a fluid dynamics paper I was reading, but quickly realized it is an encyclopaedic masterpiece, and found myself reading more and more. Chandasekhar's explanations are clear, easily readable, and complete, and should be a model for other writers. Anyone working on fluids should own this.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, beautiful masterpiece Feb. 7 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book just to better understand a small point in a fluid dynamics paper I was reading, but quickly realized it is an encyclopaedic masterpiece, and found myself reading more and more. Chandasekhar's explanations are clear, easily readable, and complete, and should be a model for other writers. Anyone working on fluids should own this.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for Hydrodynamic Instabilities Dec 5 2009
By K. M. Muthuraman - Published on Amazon.com
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Great text.Well written although a very basic knowledge of some concepts is required.
Pictures and illustrations are direct and informative.Great buy in short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book on Hydrodynamic Oct. 26 2005
By Banibrata Mukhopadhyay - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the classic books written by Chandrasekhar. This is

extremely helpful for the people working on Hydrodynamic and

Hydromagnetic Stability.
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