5R52. Stability and Transition in Shear Flows. Applied Mathematical Sciences, Vol 142. - PJ Schmid (Appl Math Dept, Univ of Washington, Seattle WA 98195-0001) and DS Henningson (Dept of Mech, Royal Inst of Tech, Stockholm, S-100 44, Sweden). Springer-Verlag, New York. 2001. 556 pp. ISBN 0-387-98985-4. $79.95.

Reviewed by DF Jankowski (Dept of Mech and Aerospace Eng, Arizona State Univ, PO Box 875506, Tempe AZ 85287-5506).

Hydrodynamic stability is concerned with the fate of disturbances imposed on a basic flow. Since, in some flow situations, the initial growth of disturbances can lead to a transition to turbulence, the subject is particularly attractive to certain members of the fluid-dynamics community. The audience for this particular treatment of stability and transition is loosely defined in the preface where it is stated that the “book is foremost intended for researchers and graduate students...

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