These unique features make it possible for this book to present, without long preliminaries,
not only the basic features of the mechanics of continua but also more
sophisticated topics in turbulence and fracture, fields to which Professor Barenblatt
has contributed so much but where present understanding is still incomplete.
In particular, the reader will surely appreciate the illuminating presentations of
crack propagation and of the scaling of turbulent shear flow. I was privileged to
work on this last topic with Professors Barenblatt and Prostokishin, and I feel very
strongly that our straightforward scaling arguments satisfy all logical requirements
and fit all the data (“all” means literally “all”) better than the older alternatives. The
presentation here is detailed enough for the reader to form his or her own opinion.
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