I have my bachelors degree in engineering science: computer science, option electrotechnic. I have a good understanding of basic mechanics and dynamics, calculus (differential equations).

The books I'm now having a look at are:

What book do you recommend for studying fluid dynamics on my own and why?


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The books you have mentioned, are written from an engineering point of view rather than physicist's. The following books are recommended:

  • Fluid dynamics For Physicists by T. E. Faber (Introductory. Doesn't need more backgrounds than you mentioned)
  • An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics by G. K. Batchelor (Introductory. Doesn't need more backgrounds than you mentioned)
  • Fluid Mechanics, Volume 6 of Course of Theoretical Physics by Landau and Lifshitz (Advanced)

and also you may find the following book, with a more mathematical flavor, interesting: (I haven't seen this one myself)

  • A Mathematical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics by Chorin and Marsden
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    $\begingroup$ Which book would you recommend for an undergraduate with theoretical physics major? And what are the differences between engineering and physics point of view? $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 9:07
  • $\begingroup$ The engineering and physics points of view in fluid mechanics are quite different: physicists are more concerned with the equations and the physics of a situation or how it can be generalized whereas engineers are understandably much more interested in flows in particular situations, for particular types of pipe, and so on. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ This answer appears to be in breach of the resource recommendations policy as described above! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2020 at 2:23

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