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History of virtual work laws : a history of mechanics prospective

Author: Danilo Capecchi
Publisher: Milan ; London : Birkhäuser, ©2012.
Series: Science networks historical studies, v. 42.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
The book presents a history of classical mechanics by focusing on issues of equilibrium. The historical point of view adopted here restricts attention to cases where the effectiveness of forces is assessed on the basis of the virtual motion of their points of application. For completeness, hints of the alternative approach are also referred, the Archimedean for ancient mechanics and the Newtonian for modern  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Capecchi, Danilo.
History of virtual work laws.
Milan ; London : Birkhäuser, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Danilo Capecchi
ISBN: 9788847020566 8847020565 9788847020016 8847020018
OCLC Number: 793601557
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 492 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Introduction --
Logic status of virtual work laws --
Greek origins --
Arabic and Latin science of weights --
Italian Renaissance statics --
Torricelli's principle --
European statics during the XVI and XVII centuries --
The principle of virtual velocities --
The Jesuit school of the XVIII century --
Lagrange's contribution --
Lazare Carnot's mechanics of collision --
The debate in Italy --
The debate at the École polytechnique --
Poinsot's criticism --
Complementary virtual work laws --
The treatises of mechanics --
Virtual work laws and continuum mechanics --
Thermodynamical approach.
Series Title: Science networks historical studies, v. 42.
Responsibility: Danilo Capecchi.


The modern formulations of the principle of virtual work are only a particular form of them.The book begins with the first documented formulations of laws of virtual work in the IV century BC in  Read more...


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