Some Paradoxes in the History of Hydraulics

by Hunter Rouse, (Hon.M.ASCE), Carver Prof. Emeritus; Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; alos Visiting Prof., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 6, Pg. 1077-1084

Document Type: Journal Paper


Successive instances in the development of hydraulics are cited in which conditions were not as they are generally assumed to have been. Emphasis is laid upon problems of fluid resistance, beginning with Nature's abhorrence of a vacuum at the time of Aristotle and extending to the relative-roughness diagrams of the very recent past.

Subject Headings: History | Hydraulics | Drag (fluid dynamics) | Load and resistance factor design

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