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The Life and Legacy of G. I. Taylor


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521002318

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  • G. I. Taylor was one of the most distinguished physical scientists of the last century, using his deep insight and originality and mathematical skill to increase greatly our understanding of phenomena such as the turbulent flow of fluids. His interest in the science of fluid flow was not confined to theory; he was one of the early pioneers of aeronautics, and designed a new type of anchor, now widely used in small boats throughout the world, that came about through his passion for sailing. Taylor spent most of his working life in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, where he investigated the mechanics of fluid and solid materials; his discoveries and ideas have had application throughout mechanical, civil and chemical engineering, meteorology, oceanography and material science. He was also a noted research leader, and his group in Cambridge became one of the most productive centres for the study of fluid mechanics. How was Taylor able to be innovative in so many different ways? This interesting and unusual mix of science and biography, first published in 1996, helps us to answer that question.

    • One of the greatest physical scientists of the century
    • Best-placed person to write this biography, himself a distinguished author and scientist in his own right
    • First biography of Taylor
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'George Batchelor has written a fascinating and affectionate scientific and personal biography, drawing on personal contacts extending over thirty years … this excellent biography, written by the aknowledged authority on the subject, should provide enjoyment and food for thought, not only to those working directly in one of the broad range of fields which G. I. Taylor made his own, but indeed to all physical scientists.' Stewart Turner, Physics World

    Review of the hardback: 'Scientists who have encountered any of the remarkable number of Taylor's ideas in classical physics will find this book interesting to read … Batchelor tells his story clearly and plainly.' Carl Wunsch, Science

    Review of the hardback: 'Geoffrey Taylor lived an action-packed life … George Batchelor skilfully draws together the threads in The Life and Legacy of G. I. Taylor'. New Scientist

    Review of the hardback: 'I thoroughly recommend this book as a good read for scientists and non- scientists alike.' A. G. Atkins, Endeavour

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521002318
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to G. I. Taylor
    2. Taylor's family
    3. Childhood, school and university
    4. First steps in research
    5. The Scotia expedition
    6. Participation in the birth of aeronautics
    7. Return to Cambridge after World War I
    8. Sailing
    9. The golden years as Yarrow Research Prof. between the wars
    10. Tour in the Far East
    11. Plasticity of crystalline materials
    12. Turbulence: a challenge
    13. Taylor's foreign peers in mechanics
    14. The universal defence consultant during World War II
    15. The aftermath of Taylor's war work
    16. The second golden period 1951–72
    17. The closing years
    18. The scientific legacy of G. I. Taylor
    Appendix A. An applied mathematician's apology
    Appendix B. G. I. Taylor: Honours
    Appendix C. Articles about G. I. Taylor
    Appendix D. Bibliography of works by G. I. Taylor

  • Author

    G. K. Batchelor, University of Cambridge

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