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Alexander Duncan Davidson Craik

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Alexander Duncan Davidson Craik
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Email: addc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463684

Research overview

Two main areas of research: fluid mechanics, and the history of mathematics and its applications.


Fluid mechanics : mainly concerned with wave motion and hydrodynamic stability theory. This has involved such topics as:


- currents driven by nonlinear water waves and wind (of interest in oceanography),


- instability of boundary-layer flows (of importance in aerodynamics),


- nonlinear wave interactions in oscillating containers,


- exact solutions and instabilities of vortical flows with curved streamlines and time-periodicity.


See the Fluid mechanics and Nonlinear Evolution Equations and Vortex Dynamics Research group websites for more information.


History of mathematics : focus mainly on the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with particular emphasis on Scottish-born or Scottish-based mathematicians.

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