By René Dugas
"A notable paintings so that it will stay a record 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 student and educator on the famed Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, offers with the evolution of the foundations of basic mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity throughout the heart a long time 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 research 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 greatly inventive and influential paintings of Galileo, Huygens and Newton. The 3rd half is dedicated to the eighteenth century, within 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 tips of the good innovators and the texts in their writings. the result's a very actual and goal account, in particular thorough in its debts 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, finished, replete with penetrating insights, AHistory of Mechanics is an surprisingly skillful and wide-ranging examine that belongs within the library of somebody attracted to the historical past of science.
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