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Academic frustration and running liquids

I experimented with fluids about five years ago, at Meqon. Back then I didn't really have a clue about fluid dynamics. I guess it's fair to say I still don't have a clue about fluid dynamics, but I did read a few papers lately on SPH.
It's kind of remarkable really, how complicated all those papers are written just to land at something that is quite simple. Sometimes I get the feeling that the research community are intentionally making scientific papers look more complicated to boost their egos. I wish there were research papers written for engineers, not other researchers, where you could read stuff like "And when this little fellow gets squished, it kind of pushes outwards on all the neighboring particles, proportional to their respective distance and density."
I don't like formulas. I can read them, but it's very unintuitive for me, and probably many other programmers. I tend to believe that 3D computer graphics programmers are especially prone to …