Fluids round-up time! I missed out last weekend because of the holidays, so this is a long list of links. There’s a lot of really great stuff here, including some neat fluidsy geophysics and astronomy.
It’s time! The American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting opens in Pittsburgh tomorrow morning. It promises to be a very busy few days. Most of that activity will probably not be immediate apparent here on FYFD, but I encourage you to follow along on @fyfluiddynamics, where I’ll be giving a running commentary.
I’m looking forward to the chance to meet in person as well, so keep an eye out (I’ll have FYFD stickers on my nametag) and be sure to say hello! There’s been some interest in an informal FYFD get-together, too, so keep an eye on Twitter for that.
Finally, I want to extend my thanks again to all the donors who made it possible for me to get to APS this year. I deeply appreciate your generosity. Special thanks are due to Pointwise, Symscape, and @cenyree for their outstanding support of FYFD! Thank you all again. - Nicole
Finally, our lead image was created with the app Frax, which allows users to make their own fractal-based art. Fluid dynamics has a lot of fractal behaviors. iOS users who want to play with fractals should check it out.
While not strictly fluid dynamical, I want to take a moment to talk about education. I receive a lot of stunned reactions and self-deprecation when people learn I study aerospace engineering. Many people say, “Oh, I could never do that!” or “You must be some kind of genius.” I’m not. It’s true that studying engineering and fluid dynamics involves a lot of math and some it is complex (no pun intended). There’s a lot of unfounded fear about science and math in our society, when really they are just skills that any of us can improve with practice and effort. So, for those out there who have ever thought, “I can’t do that, there’s too much math,” please watch this young woman address mathphobia. She sums up just about everything I’ve always wanted to tell you.