How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World

Authors: Allen, David

  • Presents an offbeat, nontechnical chronology of the history of mechanics, from the Big Bang to present day
  • Lays out a complicated scientific subject in a rapid-fire narrative that is both interesting and informative for the non-specialist reader
  • Covers subjects ranging from Egyptian civilization, music and musical instruments, art, and climate dynamics and demonstrates how their evolution both impacted and was impacted by humankind's understanding of mechanics
  • Thoughtfully examines the current state of mechanics and possibilities for future research and innovation
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About this book

This unique book presents a nontechnical view of the history of mechanics, from the Big Bang to present day. The impact of mechanics on the evolution of a variety of subjects is vividly illustrated, including astronomy, geology, astrophysics, anthropology, archeology, ancient history, Renaissance art, music, meteorology, modern structural engineering, mathematics, medicine, warfare, and sports. While enormous in scope, the subject matter is covered (with ample photographic support) at a level designed to capture the interest of both the learned and the curious. The book concludes with a creative and thoughtful examination of the current state of mechanics and possibilities for the future of mechanics.

About the authors

Dr. David Allen is Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas-Pan American and formerly, 2002-2010, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Nebraska. He is the author of "Introduction to the Mechanics of Deformable Solids," Springer, 2013.

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“Allen (Univ. of Texas-Pan American) brings to bear his extensive knowledge and interest in the subject to enlighten lay readers on the history and applications of mechanics from ancient times to the present. … The book starts with historical origins of mechanics and, in quick order, takes up Newton’s contributions. The inclusion of photographs and illustrations makes for a better understanding of examples from bridges to musical instruments. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)


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eBook $34.99
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Softcover $44.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01701-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01701-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-01700-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 396
Number of Illustrations and Tables
286 b/w illustrations, 95 illustrations in colour
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