A History of Mechanics by René Dugas

By René Dugas

"A impressive paintings in order to stay a record 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 student and educator on the famed Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, bargains with the evolution of the foundations of normal mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity during the heart a while to the progressive advancements in relativistic mechanics, wave and quantum mechanics of the early twentieth century.

The current quantity is split into 5 elements: 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 significantly inventive and influential paintings of Galileo, Huygens and Newton. The 3rd half is dedicated to the eighteenth century, during which the association of mechanics reveals 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 tips of the good innovators and the texts in their writings. the result's an incredibly exact and aim account, in particular thorough in its money owed of mechanics in antiquity and the center a while, and the real contributions of Jordanus of Nemore, Jean Buridan, Albert of Saxony, Nicole Oresme, Leonardo da Vinci, and lots of different key figures.

Erudite, accomplished, replete with penetrating insights, A heritage of Mechanics is an surprisingly skillful and wide-ranging learn that belongs within the library of someone drawn to the background of technological know-how.

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