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Letter from the Editor

'On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament] "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.'
-Charles Babbage


The news is filled with tides of foreclosures, rising temperatures over banker's incomes, waves of instability in the financial markets because of the implicit coupling between its many sectors and a host of other dire problems. In this issue of the News we offer our version of a Stimulus Package.

You will find a fascinating article on designing breakwaters to reduce the effects of high tides. Another article describes how to cope with temperature-dependent material properties. Other contributions include a new way to control finite amplitude Stokes' waves and suggestions for using implicitness to increase the stability of simulations without much loss in accuracy.

While these contributions will not solve any major Global issues, we hope they may provide some stimulus for new ways to solve your technical problems.

Your editor,

Editor's Signature


Tony Hirt

PS: We hope to see you at the 2009 FLOW-3D World Users Conference.