Ludwig Prandtl

A Life for Fluid Mechanics and Aeronautical Research

  • Michael Eckert

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Michael Eckert
    Pages 1-17
  3. Michael Eckert
    Pages 19-43
  4. Michael Eckert
    Pages 45-85
  5. Michael Eckert
    Pages 87-114
  6. Michael Eckert
    Pages 115-148
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    Pages 149-185
  8. Michael Eckert
    Pages 237-273
  9. Michael Eckert
    Pages 275-304
  10. Michael Eckert
    Pages 305-325
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 327-360

About this book


This is a comprehensive biography of Ludwig Prandtl (1875-1953), the father of modern aerodynamics. His name is associated most famously with the boundary layer concept, but also with several other topics in 20th century fluid mechanics, particularly turbulence (Prandtl's mixing length). Among his disciples are pioneers of modern fluid mechanics such as Heinrich Blasius, Theodore von Kármán and Walter Tollmien. Furthermore, Prandtl founded the Aerodynamische Versuchsanstalt (AVA) and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Strömungsforschung in Göttingen, both of them seeds for the growth of fluid mechanics in Germany. Yet Prandtl was also a representative of aeronautical research - from Imperial Germany via the Weimar Republic to the "Third Reich". Although not a party member, he assumed the role of a goodwill ambassador for Nazi Germany. This objective treatment of his career will be of interest to all scientists and historians wanting to learn more about Prandtl's influence and the early development of fluid- and aerodynamics.


Prandtl Biography History of fluid dynamics Pioneer of fluid mechanics Scientific research in Nazi Germany Airfoil theory Fluid mechanics research Wind tunnel Prandtl's mixing length Prandtl boundary layer

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.Deutsches MuseumMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05662-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05663-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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