3R42. Principles of Fluid Mechanics. - AN Alexandrou (Dept of Mech Eng, Worcester Polytechnic Inst). Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ. 2001. 573 pp. ISBN 0-13-801762-X. $100.00.
Reviewed by R Verzicco (Dept di Ingegneria Meccanica e Gestionale, Politecnico di Bari, Via Re David 200, Bari, 70125, Italy).
This book is an introductory text for fluid dynamics which contains enough material for two semesters of undergraduate courses. The organization of the material reflects the particular point of view of the author, and this gives the opportunity to have a look at standard concepts from a different perspective. The book contains also some material from experimental and computational fluid dynamics which have become of fundamental importance in modern courses.
The text contains 13 chapters and five appendices. Each chapter is focused on a particular topic and contains its own references and...