Book Reievsw Waves and Mean Flo Ws Oliver Bühler, 2009, 341 pp., $99.00, hardbound, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-86636-1 aves and Mean Flows contains an authori- programs will struggle to follow the development in tative treatment, by a well-respected math- many places. Although the text is fundamentally on W ematical and geophysical f luid dynamicist, physics, the tone tends toward the mathematical, with of basic elements of modern theoretical approaches frequent appearances of terms such as “compact,” “met- to wave-mean and wave-vortex interaction, especially ric,” “real line,” and “lifting map.” The 341 pages contain the difficult and potentially powerful “generalized a total of 979 numbered equations or expressions, and Lagrangian mean” (GLM) theory. the physical settings and sparse figures The book is billed as a “fundamental reference for are generally abstract, with connec- graduate students and researchers in f luid mechan- tions to specific physical or geophysical ics” and “a text for advanced courses.” The treatment problems often made only in passing. of fundamentals is generally systematic and compre- For example, the second subsection in hensive, and, in that sense, the text is appropriate for the chapter on geometric wave theory a reference. Many other elements, including the con-
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