• Boundary Layer Stability and Transition to Turbulence: What's Special About It?

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      Boundary layer, turbulence, lami­nar flow, transition, instability, air­foil.

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      This article describes Roddam Narasimha's work on the in­stability of laminar flow and the subsequent transition to tur­bulence in boundary layers. I try to explain to the reader why this problem is important and what insights came out of this work. Small portions of this article, not directly about the science, are written in an anecdotal fashion.

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      Rama Govindarajan1

      1. International Centre for Theoretical Sciences Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Bengaluru 560 089, India.
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