The origins of water wave theory

Alexander Duncan Davidson Craik

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Abstract

After early work by Newton, the eighteenth and early nineteenth century French mathematicians Laplace, Lagrange, Poisson, and Cauchy made real theoretical advances in the linear theory of water waves; in Germany, Gerstner considered nonlinear waves, and the brothers Weber performed fine experiments. Later in Britain during 1837-1847, Russell, Green, Kelland, Airy, and Earnshaw all made substantial contributions, setting the scene for subsequent work by Stokes and others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • surface gravity waves
  • history of fluid mechanics
  • nonlinear waves
  • solitary waves
  • inviscid hydrodynamics
  • KORTEWEG-DEVRIES EQUATION
  • GEOMETRY
  • SCOTLAND

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