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The title, The Fluid Catastrophe, refers to the failure of the Navier-Stokes equations of Fluid Dynamics to properly account for the entropy associated with turbulence. These equations describe a mythical fluid “continuum” which is everywhere smooth and continuous. In this book a granular description of the natural world is proposed which is more realistic, more closely related to observation and consistent with the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This shift in emphasis has repercussions for a number of disciplines as summarized in these pages viz:

Discipline Page
Computational Fluid Dynamics The Myth of the Continuum
Geology South Atlantic Earthquake Swarm
Glaciology Rapid Terminations and Melt Ponds
Oceanography The Wind Sea Fiasco
Philosophy A Failure of Rationalism
Physics A Return to Empiricism
Statistics Yule’s Nonsense Correlations


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The Fluid Catastrophe by John Reid is available here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-fluid-catastrophe

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Reid, J. (2019). The Fluid Catastrophe.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, ISBN: 978-1-5275-3206-9

Bibtex reference:

AUTHOR = {John Reid},
YEAR = {2019},
TITLE = {The Fluid Catastrophe},
PUBLISHER = {Cambridge Scholars Publishing},
ADDRESS = {Newcastle upon Tyne},
ISBN = {978-1-5275-3206-9}



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