History of Mechanism and Machine Science

A History of the Work Concept

From Physics to Economics

Authors: Oliveira, Agamenon

  • Unique topic on which not much has been published in monograph form
  • Treats Lagrangian and Laplacian mechanics in historical context
  • Of special interest to those studying Lazare Carnot
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This book traces the history of the concept of work from its earliest stages and shows that its further formalization leads to equilibrium principle and to the principle of virtual works, and so pointing the way ahead for future research and applications.

The idea that something remains constant in a machine operation is very old and has been expressed by many mathematicians and philosophers such as, for instance, Aristotle. Thus, a concept of energy developed. Another important idea in machine operation is Archimedes' lever principle.

In modern times the concept of work is analyzed in the context of applied mechanics mainly in Lazare Carnot mechanics and the mechanics of the new generation of polytechnical engineers like Navier, Coriolis and Poncelet. In this context the word "work" is finally adopted. These engineers are also responsible for the incorporation of the concept of work into the discipline of economics when they endeavoured to combine the study of the work of machines and men together.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Theoretical Framework

    Oliveira, Agamenon R. E.

    Pages 1-37

  • The Conceptual Basis to Work Studies

    Oliveira, Agamenon R. E.

    Pages 41-64

  • The Ideas of Work and Energy in Mechanics

    Oliveira, Agamenon. R. E.

    Pages 65-91

  • The Rational Mechanics Dilemma

    Oliveira, Agamenon R. E.

    Pages 93-117

  • Lazare Carnot’s General Theory of Machines

    Oliveira, Agamenon R. E.

    Pages 121-151

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of the Work Concept
Book Subtitle
From Physics to Economics
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7705-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7705-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7704-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7918-0
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations
Topics