Advanced Structured Materials

Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy

A Brief Account of the History of Mechanics of Solids and Structures

Authors: Capecchi, Danilo, Ruta, Giuseppe

  • Provides the first systematic approach to the history of strength of materials and theory of elasticity in Italy
  • Includes numerous quotations in the original language, accompanied by English translations
  • Offers original and in-depth reflections on the methodologies of the past
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About this book

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.

About the authors

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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“The authors present an interesting investigation of the historical development of a domain that can be seen as part of applied mathematics or better of applied mechanics or of mathematics for engineers. … the book is primarily directed to engineers and historians … . It complements the existing historical studies with the developments in Italy in the 19th century that have been largely neglected up to now and presents historians and specialists a lot of detailed information.” (Karl-Heinz Schlote, zbMATH 1329.01002, 2016)

“This book is a historical account of the contributions in the mechanics of solids by Italian scholars in the nineteenth century … . The book presents material that can be taken as a starting point by those who want to start a research program on a part of the history of mechanics which deserves attention and has not been extensively explored.” (Paolo Maria Mariano, Mathematical Reviews, October, 2015)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Theory of Elasticity in the 19th Century

    Capecchi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 1-81

  • An Aristocratic Scholar

    Capecchi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 83-121

  • The Mathematicians of the Risorgimento

    Capecchi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 123-177

  • Solving Statically Indeterminate Systems

    Capecchi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 179-265

  • Computations by Means of Drawings

    Capecchi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 267-316

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-05524-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-05523-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38272-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy
Book Subtitle
A Brief Account of the History of Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Authors
Series Title
Advanced Structured Materials
Series Volume
52
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05524-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05524-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05523-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38272-2
Series ISSN
1869-8433
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 393
Number of Illustrations and Tables
49 b/w illustrations
Topics