Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Instabilities of fluids at rest; 3. Stability of open flows: basic ideas; 4. Inviscid instability of parallel flows; 5. Viscous instability of parallel flows; 6. Instabilities at low Reynolds number; 7. Avalanches, ripples, and dunes; 8. Nonlinear dynamics of systems with few degrees of freedom; 9. Nonlinear dispersive waves; 10. Nonlinear dynamics of dissipative systems; 11. Dynamical systems and bifurcations; Appendix. The Saint-Venant equations; Bibliography; Index.
This modern account brings the subject to life by emphasising the physical mechanisms involved. Contains exercises and useful references.
Francois Charru is a Professor of Mechanics at the University of Toulouse, France, and researcher at the Institut de Mecanique des Fluides de Toulouse.
'The author has written a remarkable textbook.' Isom H. Herron, Mathematical Reviews