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Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2010
Ferziger's book does a poor job of covering concrete details. It's revealing to see that many sections (and chapters) are simply long blocks of text, with no equations. The text gives a qualitative and fuzzy introduction to computational fluid dynamics, and leaves the reader wanting much more detail.
With respect to applications: I used the book in a graduate-level computational fluid dynamics course, and when I was actually writing CFD code, I found the book to be of no help at all. I used Tannehill, Anderson, and Pletcher's "Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer" to be very helpful with finite difference, and Ptankar's "Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow" and Versteeg's "Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics" to be far superior with respect to the finite volume approach (although finite volume is the main focus of the book). With respect to the "special topics", nothing is covered with any substance, everything is glossed over, and nearly half of the book is, in my opinion, a waste. Chung's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" is a much better all-in-one reference book that covers special topics FAR better - with enough detail that one could actually attempt to implement them in a code.
With respect to the fundamental approach: I think Anderson's "Computational Fluid Dynamics" book gives a much better, more physically intuitive description of the governing equations and of finite volume discretization. Ferziger does a weak job of covering nearly everything in his book, and the finite volume introduction is no exception.
Overall, this is a watered-down introduction to CFD. It does not to justice to any of the subjects it covers, particularly the special topics. It is a terrible textbook for a CFD class, and although it has been sitting on my bookshelf for 3 years, I always pass it over in favor of other references (see above for list).