By René Dugas
"A awesome paintings so as 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, bargains with the evolution of the rules of basic mechanics chronologically from their earliest roots in antiquity in the course of the center 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 artistic 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. 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 tips of the good innovators and the texts in their writings. the result's an incredibly actual and goal account, specially 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 plenty of different key figures.
Erudite, accomplished, replete with penetrating insights, A History of Mechanics is an surprisingly skillful and wide-ranging learn that belongs within the library of a person attracted to the heritage of science.
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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. From which it follows that a volume of fluid equal to that of the body which is immersed has the same weight as the whole body. —If a body which is lighter than a fluid is totally and forcibly immersed in it, the body will be thrust upwards with a force equal to the difference between its weight and that of an equal volume of fluid.
Relativistic and quantum mechanics today form the two highest peaks of the progress of our knowledge in the whole field of mechanical phenomena. To appraise the evolution of mechanics from its origin up to the present time would be obviously a difficult task demanding a considerable amount of work and thought. 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.
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. 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.