Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy: A Brief Account of the History of Mechanics of Solids and Structures by Danilo CapecchiStrength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy: A Brief Account of the History of Mechanics of Solids and Structures by Danilo Capecchi

Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy: A Brief Account of the…

byDanilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta

Hardcover | December 4, 2014

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This book examines the theoretical foundations underpinning the field of strength of materials/theory of elasticity, beginning from the origins of the modern theory of elasticity. While the focus is on the advances made within Italy during the nineteenth century, these achievements are framed within the overall European context. The vital contributions of Italian mathematicians, mathematical physicists and engineers in respect of the theory of elasticity, continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, the principle of least work and graphical methods in engineering are carefully explained and discussed. The book represents a work of historical research that primarily comprises original contributions and summaries of work published in journals. It is directed at those graduates in engineering, but also in architecture, who wish to achieve a more global and critical view of the discipline and will also be invaluable for all scholars of the history of mechanics.
Danilo Capecchi is full professor of mechanics of solids and of history of science at the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy). His researches in the history of science mainly concern classical mechanics.
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Title:Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy: A Brief Account of the…Format:HardcoverDimensions:393 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:December 4, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9783319055237

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Table of Contents

The theory of elasticity in the 19th century.- An aristocratic scholar: Gabrio Piola.- The mathematicians of the Risorgimento.- Solving statically indeterminate systems.- Computations by means of drawings.- Quotations.

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"The authors present an interesting investigation ofthe historical development of a domain that can be seen as part of appliedmathematics or better of applied mechanics or of mathematics for engineers. .the book is primarily directed to engineers and historians . . It complementsthe existing historical studies with the developments in Italy in the 19thcentury that have been largely neglected up to now and presents historians andspecialists a lot of detailed information." (Karl-Heinz Schlote, zbMATH 1329.01002,2016)"This book is a historical account of thecontributions in the mechanics of solids by Italian scholars in the nineteenthcentury . . The book presents material that can be taken as a starting point bythose who want to start a research program on a part of the history ofmechanics which deserves attention and has not been extensively explored." (PaoloMaria Mariano, Mathematical Reviews, October, 2015)