By René Dugas
"A striking paintings as a way to stay a rfile of the 1st rank for the historian of mechanics." — Louis de Broglie
In this masterful synthesis and summation of the technological know-how of mechanics, Rene Dugas, a number one pupil and educator on the famed Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, offers with the evolution of the foundations of normal mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity throughout 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 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 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 a really exact and aim account, specifically thorough in its bills of mechanics in antiquity and the center a long time, 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 History of Mechanics is an strangely skillful and wide-ranging research that belongs within the library of a person attracted to the historical past of science.
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The diagram is the same as the preceding one (Proposition III). “Let the liquid be at rest and the body EHTF be lighter than the fluid. If the fluid is at rest, parts which are equivalently placed will be similarly compressed. Then the fluid contained by each of the surfaces XO and OP is compressed by an equal weight. But, if the body BHTC is excluded, the weight of fluid in the first pyramid is equal, with the exclusion of the fluid RSQY, to the weight of fluid in the second pyramid. Therefore it is clear that the weight of the body EHTF is equal to the weight of the fluid RSQY.
Few men would be tempted to write such a history of mechanics; for its compilation would require not only a wide and thorough knowledge of all the branches of mechanics ancient and modern, but also a great patience, a well-informed scholarship and an acute and critical mind. These varied qualities M. René Dugas—who has already become known for his fine studies on certain particular themes in the history of dynamics and for his critical essays on different matters in classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics—unites these to a high degree.
Dugas has selected for a thorough study certain questions of special importance, either in themselves or because of the extensions which they have had into the contemporary period. It seems to me that this selection has been made very skillfully and has enabled the author, without losing himself in details, to outline the principal paths followed by scientific thought in this domain. Perhaps, in reading Mr. Dugas’ so clear text, the reader will not appreciate the work that the writing of such a book represents.
A History of Mechanics by René Dugas