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Int J Thermophys (2009) 30:734735 DOI 10.1007/s10765-008-0517-7

Summary: Int J Thermophys (2009) 30:734­735
DOI 10.1007/s10765-008-0517-7
J. M. Ortiz de Zárate, J. V. Sengers, Hydrodynamic
Fluctuations in Fluids and Fluid Mixtures
Elsevier, 2006, 309 pp
David Cannell
Published online: 16 October 2008
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
This beautifully written monograph provides a detailed treatment of thermally excited
hydrodynamic fluctuations in fluids. The emphasis is on quiescent single-component
fluids and binary mixtures subjected to a temperature gradient. Physically this situa-
tion is realized either when the imposed gradient is too small to induce convection or
when a stabilizing gradient is imposed (usually by heating from above). Under these
conditions, thermal fluctuations become very long-ranged, something that is not intu-
itively obvious. Some discussion of related systems, including fluctuations in liquid
crystals below the onset of electro-hydrodynamic convection and in fluids subjected
to shear, is also provided. A lucid and consistent style, thorough attention to detail,
and an accurate and comprehensive set of citations (400) to the original research
literature make it a pleasure to read. It is essential reading for anyone involved in


Source: Anisimov, Mikhail - Institute for Physical Science and Technology & Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park


Collections: Physics; Materials Science