I sign it blindly – the golden age of turbulence by William George, Ch

The golden age of turbulence – interview with William George, Chalmers University

The turbulent motion of fluids has captured the fancy of observers of nature for most of recorded history. The patterns of blowing snow and torrential streams fascinate adult and child alike. Turbulence marked by billowing clouds and falling leaves, cigarette plumes and even the swirling cream in our coffee cups, constantly competes for our attention. From our almost subconscious winter observation of the moisture jets condensing before our mouths to our lazy, dreamy summer-day musings under the contrails high overhead, turbulence makes us conscious of our pace as well as the pace of our lives. And who has not been willingly hypnotised by the licking flames of an open fire? The handiwork of turbulence enriches the lives of everyone. Yet no-one can comprehend its mysteries. Even so, the distinction between art and research is often difficult – especially for those like me who try.

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One more quote from this interview:

famous British aerodynamicist B. Melville Jones wonderfully captured the
essence of the problem when he said:

Successful research enables problems which once seemed hopelessly
complicated to be expressed so simply that we soon forget that they ever
were problems. Thus the more successful a research, the more difficult does
it become for those who use the result to appreciate the labour which has
been put into it. This perhaps is why the very people who live on the
results of past researches are so often the most critical of the labour and
effort which, in their time, is being expended to simplify the problems of
the future.


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