Scientific Progress and Its Impact on Wind

  • Giovanni SolariEmail author
Part of the Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering book series (SPRTRCIENG)


This chapter deals with fluid dynamics, probability theory and automatic computation. Just in the first half of the twentieth century they displayed major improvements, both in general terms and as regards the basic tools for the knowledge of wind that would come to maturity in the second half of the twentieth century. After almost two centuries of trials, fluid dynamics overcame the doubts about D’Alembert’s paradox and the resistance of bodies, formulating the founding principles of the boundary layer, of the vortex wake, and of the transition from laminar to turbulent flows. The probability theory, reorganised on axiomatic grounds, produced a broad range of developments including extreme value theory, principal component analysis, random processes and Monte Carlo methods. The appearance of the electronic computer gave rise to advances firstly addressed to meteorological forecasts, then aimed to solve the increasingly complex problems posed by the renewed culture of the wind.


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  1. 1.Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic SchoolUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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