By René Dugas
"A extraordinary paintings so that it will stay a rfile of the 1st rank for the historian of mechanics." — Louis de Broglie
In this masterful synthesis and summation of the technology of mechanics, Rene Dugas, a number one pupil and educator on the famed Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, bargains with the evolution of the rules of basic mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity in the course of the heart a long time to the innovative advancements in relativistic mechanics, wave and quantum mechanics of the early twentieth century.
The current quantity is split into 5 components: the 1st treats of the pioneers within the learn of mechanics, from its beginnings as much as and together with the 16th century; the second one part discusses the formation of classical mechanics, together with the vastly inventive and influential paintings of Galileo, Huygens and Newton. The 3rd half is dedicated to the eighteenth century, during which the association of mechanics unearths its climax within the achievements of Euler, d'Alembert and Lagrange. The fourth half is dedicated to classical mechanics after Lagrange. partly 5, the writer undertakes the relativistic revolutions in quantum and wave mechanics.
Writing with nice readability and sweep of imaginative and prescient, M. Dugas follows heavily the information of the good innovators and the texts in their writings. the result's a really exact and aim account, specially thorough in its money owed of mechanics in antiquity and the center a while, and the $64000 contributions of Jordanus of Nemore, Jean Buridan, Albert of Saxony, Nicole Oresme, Leonardo da Vinci, and lots of different key figures.
Erudite, complete, replete with penetrating insights, A History of Mechanics is an surprisingly skillful and wide-ranging research that belongs within the library of somebody drawn to the heritage of science.
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The fact of collecting in one book the stammerings of the early students, the creation and organisation of the classical science and the rudiments of the new mechanics—the object of the fifth part of this book—may appear a wager. It is only so in appearance. Indeed, the original works never had that codified aspect which is, of necessity, lent them by the textbooks. Just as the French currency remained stable for more than a century, Lagrange’s mechanics was able to appear as complete for a period of roughly the same length.
Made of statics an autonomous theoretical science, based on postulates of experimental origin and afterwards supported by mathematically rigourous demonstrations, at least in appearance. Here we shall follow the treatise On the Equilibrium of Planes or on the Centres of Gravity of Planes 6 in which Archimedes discussed the principle of the lever. Archimedes made the following postulates as axioms— 1) Equal weights suspended at equal distances (from a fulcrum) are in equilibrium. 2) Equal weights suspended at unequal distances cannot be in equilibrium.
A History of Mechanics by René Dugas