By René Dugas
"A awesome paintings on the way 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, offers with the evolution of the foundations of basic mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity throughout the center 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 elements: 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 drastically inventive and influential paintings of Galileo, Huygens and Newton. The 3rd half is dedicated to the eighteenth century, within 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. partially 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 nice innovators and the texts in their writings. the result's an incredibly actual and target account, specifically thorough in its bills 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 plenty of different key figures.
Erudite, entire, replete with penetrating insights, A History of Mechanics is an surprisingly skillful and wide-ranging learn that belongs within the library of someone drawn to the historical past of science.
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He frequently sought to find an illustration, in the history of mechanics, of his own ideas. Often this gives his book a character which is a little too systematic, that of a thesis in which the arguments in favour of preconceived ideas are rehearsed. Mr. Dugas’ attitude is quite different. A scrupulous historian, he has patiently followed all the vagaries of thought of the great students of the subject, collating their texts carefully and always preserving the strictest objectivity. More impartial than Mach, Mr.
Or, more accurately, with the author of the probably apocryphal treatise called Problems of Mechanics (Mηχανι πoβλματα) . This is, in fact, a text-book of practical mechanics devoted to the study of simple machines. In this treatise the power of the agency that sets a body in motion is defined as the product of the weight or the mass of the body—the Ancients always confused these concepts—and the velocity of the motion which the body acquires. This law makes it possible to formulate the condition of equilibrium of a straight lever with two unequal arms which carry unequal weights at their ends.
A scrupulous historian, he has patiently followed all the vagaries of thought of the great students of the subject, collating their texts carefully and always preserving the strictest objectivity. More impartial than Mach, Mr. Dugas has been helped by the development of historical criticism on the one hand, by the progress of science on the other, and has been able to be more complete. He has given us a much more detailed picture of the efforts that were made and the results obtained in Antiquity and, especially, in the Middle Ages.