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Convective Stability of Incompressible Fluids

Convective Stability of Incompressible Fluids Theoreticians in the field will therefore If, on reaching the wilder shores of welcome this excellent if expensive transla- topology - 'a tree of necklaces of dis- tion of an important Russian monograph. entangled compound bubbles' - a crude The book covers convection in plane Anglo-Saxon empiricist is tempted to horizontal layers, vertical channels and murmur 'how many angels ...?' , this is closed cavities, with some discussion of only irreverent envy of such a dazzling effects due to magnetic fields and rotation, display of French intellectual rigour. and convection in binary mixtures. Those There is a transition from early work, parts dealing with contributions from through an increasing recognition of the workers in the USSR which have not yet statistical problems in extracting results been brought to the attention of investi- from experimental data, to final insights gators in other countries are particularly into the solution of the wave equation as interesting. R HIDE relevant to classical acoustic and electro- magnetic resonators as to nuclei. This Claude Bloch provides a reassuring reminder of the unity of science which the explosive ex- Claude Bloch: Scientific Works Vols 1 and pansion of nuclear research tended for 2 (in English/French) R Balian, C de some time to obscure, but which Claude Dominicis, V Gillet and A Messiah (eds) Nuclear energy Bloch clearly always appreciated. Amsterdam: North Holland 1975 pp Vol 1 xxviii + 789 Vol 2 xxxii-xlvi + 791-1527 A REDDISH Non-Nuclear Futures: The Case for an price Dfl 450, $187-50 Ethical Energy Strategy Amory B Lovings and John H Price New York: When Claude Bloch died in 1971 at the Friends of the Earth (distr. by J Wiley, Chichester) 1976 pp xxxii + 223 price £8-95 age of 48, French theoretical physics was Incompressible fluids sadly deprived of the leader in its post-war renaissance, and world science of a pro- The authors of this well produced book Convective Stability of Incompressible found and lucid intellect. Four devoted are clearly dedicated to the pursuit of an Fluids G Z Gershuni and E M Zhukho- colleagues have assembled all his major energy policy in which nuclear energy vitskii (translated from the Russian by work, formal publications along with pre- plays no part. They trace their criticisms D Louvish) Jerusalem: Israel Programme viously unpublished notes. The chrono- of current energy programmes by asking for Scientific Translations (dist. J Wiley, logical order gives a fascinating view of questions such as 'Is nuclear energy safe?' Chichester) 1976 pp vi + 330 price £24 the development of his thought, against and 'Would the proposed nuclear growth the background of an immaculate career programmes of the various nations pro- Hydrostatic equilibrium obtains in a non- in the highest temples of our culture: Ecole vide a solution to world energy problems ?' homogeneous fluid subject to the action Polytechnique, Bohr Institute, Copen- The first part of the book answers these of a uniform gravitational field, provided hagen, CalTech, Saclay (head of theoreti- that the density gradient is everywhere questions (and many others) by elabora- cal physics and finally of all CEA physics vertical and bottom heavy. The study of ting on the problems of reactor safety and research), Princeton, the Tata Institute, acceptable risks, together with problems the convective fluid motions that ensue Bombay . . . Five extended lecture courses of waste management and transportation. when these conditions are not satisfied and reviews form about half the text, The divergence between predictions about is of basic importance in fluid mecha- punctuating the stream of shorter formal risks and performance and the observed nisms, and has numerous applications in papers and illuminating their significant accident rate and performance is clearly engineering, geophysics and astronomy. contributions to the theories of nuclear stated. The second part of the book con- Applied mathematicians have been fasci- reaction, the many body problem, quan- sists mainly of analyses and evaluations nated by the theory for decades and tum statistical mechanics and classical of nuclear programmes, both from the contributions are reported in a wide field theory. variety of journals in many languages. energy and financial standpoint. The arguments are profusely illustrated by graphs and tables of data. These provide much factual information for the more dedicated reader. Rodioastronomy in Britain The book is intended for professional Astronomy Transformed: The Emergence of Radioastronomy in Britain David O Edge and lay reader alike. The first part of the book was interesting and easy to read, but and Michael J Mulkay Chichester: J Wiley 1916pp xvi+482price £19-25 this reviewer found the second part rather tedious. For anyone who cares about the Astronomy Transformed is a remarkable sociological study of the development of British future quality of his life, this book pro- radioastronomy at the rival centres of Jodrell Bank and Cambridge. The past 30 years vides plenty of facts and opinions as will perhaps always be regarded as a golden epoch in astronomy. Radioastronomers ammunition against nuclear proliferation. made many of the significant advances, rolling back the frontiers of the universe with their discoveries of the microwave background, pulsars, radio galaxies and quasars. A GILLESP1E The authors of this book examine the attitudes at the two centres to the succession of discoveries, and explore the influence of competition, funding and discovery on the advancement of the subject. Nuclear Crisis: A Question of Breeding Not only is this a fascinating sociological study, but also a definitive history of British H Montefiore and D Gosling (eds) Dor- radioastronomy. Sir Bernard Lovell has already written of Manchester's contributions, chester: Prism 1977 pp ix +165 price £2-50 but this is the first systematic treatment of the Cambridge effort. The text is supplemented by a profusion of extracts from the literature and taperecorded conversations of veteran This book contains the submissions and scientists in the two groups. cross-examination of witnesses at the Astronomers will find this an intriguing book; some will be pleased, others angry British Council of Churches hearing on perhaps. Other scientists will find much of interest, although an appreciation of astro- the CFR-1 (see Physics Bulletin January nomical ideas is a prerequisite. The effect of competition is especially well written up to 1977 p 58). There are two main issues: (1) what sort of life style do we think desirable illustrate rivalry between scientists and research groups. The main sociological con- in say 25 years' time, here and in the world clusion, perhaps an anticlimax, is that the collective properties of the research group at large?; (2) what is the least harmful way are principally determined by the attitudes and personality of the Director. The principal value of the book is the extremely thorough historical survey, rich in source material. to produce the energy required to sustain it ? And, of course, each question has a SIMON MITTON 230 Physics Bulletin May 1977 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physics Bulletin IOP Publishing

Convective Stability of Incompressible Fluids

Physics Bulletin , Volume 28 (5) – May 1, 1977

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Theoreticians in the field will therefore If, on reaching the wilder shores of welcome this excellent if expensive transla- topology - 'a tree of necklaces of dis- tion of an important Russian monograph. entangled compound bubbles' - a crude The book covers convection in plane Anglo-Saxon empiricist is tempted to horizontal layers, vertical channels and murmur 'how many angels ...?' , this is closed cavities, with some discussion of only irreverent envy of such a dazzling effects due to magnetic fields and rotation, display of French intellectual rigour. and convection in binary mixtures. Those There is a transition from early work, parts dealing with contributions from through an increasing recognition of the workers in the USSR which have not yet statistical problems in extracting results been brought to the attention of investi- from experimental data, to final insights gators in other countries are particularly into the solution of the wave equation as interesting. R HIDE relevant to classical acoustic and electro- magnetic resonators as to nuclei. This Claude Bloch provides a reassuring reminder of the unity of science which the explosive ex- Claude Bloch: Scientific Works Vols 1 and pansion of nuclear research tended for 2 (in English/French) R Balian, C de some time to obscure, but which Claude Dominicis, V Gillet and A Messiah (eds) Nuclear energy Bloch clearly always appreciated. Amsterdam: North Holland 1975 pp Vol 1 xxviii + 789 Vol 2 xxxii-xlvi + 791-1527 A REDDISH Non-Nuclear Futures: The Case for an price Dfl 450, $187-50 Ethical Energy Strategy Amory B Lovings and John H Price New York: When Claude Bloch died in 1971 at the Friends of the Earth (distr. by J Wiley, Chichester) 1976 pp xxxii + 223 price £8-95 age of 48, French theoretical physics was Incompressible fluids sadly deprived of the leader in its post-war renaissance, and world science of a pro- The authors of this well produced book Convective Stability of Incompressible found and lucid intellect. Four devoted are clearly dedicated to the pursuit of an Fluids G Z Gershuni and E M Zhukho- colleagues have assembled all his major energy policy in which nuclear energy vitskii (translated from the Russian by work, formal publications along with pre- plays no part. They trace their criticisms D Louvish) Jerusalem: Israel Programme viously unpublished notes. The chrono- of current energy programmes by asking for Scientific Translations (dist. J Wiley, logical order gives a fascinating view of questions such as 'Is nuclear energy safe?' Chichester) 1976 pp vi + 330 price £24 the development of his thought, against and 'Would the proposed nuclear growth the background of an immaculate career programmes of the various nations pro- Hydrostatic equilibrium obtains in a non- in the highest temples of our culture: Ecole vide a solution to world energy problems ?' homogeneous fluid subject to the action Polytechnique, Bohr Institute, Copen- The first part of the book answers these of a uniform gravitational field, provided hagen, CalTech, Saclay (head of theoreti- that the density gradient is everywhere questions (and many others) by elabora- cal physics and finally of all CEA physics vertical and bottom heavy. The study of ting on the problems of reactor safety and research), Princeton, the Tata Institute, acceptable risks, together with problems the convective fluid motions that ensue Bombay . . . Five extended lecture courses of waste management and transportation. when these conditions are not satisfied and reviews form about half the text, The divergence between predictions about is of basic importance in fluid mecha- punctuating the stream of shorter formal risks and performance and the observed nisms, and has numerous applications in papers and illuminating their significant accident rate and performance is clearly engineering, geophysics and astronomy. contributions to the theories of nuclear stated. The second part of the book con- Applied mathematicians have been fasci- reaction, the many body problem, quan- sists mainly of analyses and evaluations nated by the theory for decades and tum statistical mechanics and classical of nuclear programmes, both from the contributions are reported in a wide field theory. variety of journals in many languages. energy and financial standpoint. The arguments are profusely illustrated by graphs and tables of data. These provide much factual information for the more dedicated reader. Rodioastronomy in Britain The book is intended for professional Astronomy Transformed: The Emergence of Radioastronomy in Britain David O Edge and lay reader alike. The first part of the book was interesting and easy to read, but and Michael J Mulkay Chichester: J Wiley 1916pp xvi+482price £19-25 this reviewer found the second part rather tedious. For anyone who cares about the Astronomy Transformed is a remarkable sociological study of the development of British future quality of his life, this book pro- radioastronomy at the rival centres of Jodrell Bank and Cambridge. The past 30 years vides plenty of facts and opinions as will perhaps always be regarded as a golden epoch in astronomy. Radioastronomers ammunition against nuclear proliferation. made many of the significant advances, rolling back the frontiers of the universe with their discoveries of the microwave background, pulsars, radio galaxies and quasars. A GILLESP1E The authors of this book examine the attitudes at the two centres to the succession of discoveries, and explore the influence of competition, funding and discovery on the advancement of the subject. Nuclear Crisis: A Question of Breeding Not only is this a fascinating sociological study, but also a definitive history of British H Montefiore and D Gosling (eds) Dor- radioastronomy. Sir Bernard Lovell has already written of Manchester's contributions, chester: Prism 1977 pp ix +165 price £2-50 but this is the first systematic treatment of the Cambridge effort. The text is supplemented by a profusion of extracts from the literature and taperecorded conversations of veteran This book contains the submissions and scientists in the two groups. cross-examination of witnesses at the Astronomers will find this an intriguing book; some will be pleased, others angry British Council of Churches hearing on perhaps. Other scientists will find much of interest, although an appreciation of astro- the CFR-1 (see Physics Bulletin January nomical ideas is a prerequisite. The effect of competition is especially well written up to 1977 p 58). There are two main issues: (1) what sort of life style do we think desirable illustrate rivalry between scientists and research groups. The main sociological con- in say 25 years' time, here and in the world clusion, perhaps an anticlimax, is that the collective properties of the research group at large?; (2) what is the least harmful way are principally determined by the attitudes and personality of the Director. The principal value of the book is the extremely thorough historical survey, rich in source material. to produce the energy required to sustain it ? And, of course, each question has a SIMON MITTON 230 Physics Bulletin May 1977

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