Bryson, Arthur E., Jr. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
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A theorem in fluid mechanics which states that no forces act on a body moving at constant velocity in a straight line through a large mass of incompressible, inviscid fluid which was initially at rest (or in uniform motion). This seemingly paradoxical theorem can be understood by first realizing that inviscid fluids do not exist. If such fluids did exist, there would be no internal physical mechanism for dissipating energy into heat; hence there could be no force acting on the body, because work would then be done on the fluid with no net increase of energy in the fluid.
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