History of Mechanism and Machine Science

The Problem of the Motion of Bodies

A Historical View of the Development of Classical Mechanics

Authors: Capecchi, Danilo

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  • Comprehensive coverage of approaches to the problem of the motion of bodies over the course of human history
  • Includes numerous original quotations
  • Adopts a modern historical approach to the topic
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This book focuses on the way in which the problem of the motion of bodies has been viewed and approached over the course of human history. It is not another traditional history of mechanics but rather aims to enable the reader to fully understand the deeper ideas that inspired men, first in attempting to understand the mechanisms of motion and then in formulating theories with predictive as well as explanatory value. Given this objective, certain parts of the history of mechanics are neglected, such as fluid mechanics, statics and astronomy after Newton. On the other hand, due attention is paid, for example, to the history of thermodynamics, which has its own particular point of view on motion. Inspired in part by historical epistemology, the book examines the various views and theories of a given historical period (synchronic analysis) and then makes comparisons between different periods (diachronic analysis). In each period, one or two of the most meaningful contributions are selected for particular attention, instead of presenting a long inventory of scientific achievements.

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Danilo Capecchi is Professor of Mechanics of Solids and History of Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research into the history of science focuses mainly on classical mechanics.

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“This is a very interesting volume for all scholars of mechanics interested in the roots of the basic question of their discipline … . the book is surely a very powerful tool for anyone interested in the basics of mechanics when seeking answers to questions on the subject.” (Giuseppe Claudio Rata, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2017)

“This work, part of the ‘History of Mechanism and Machine Science’ series, looks at the development of the physics of motion through six periods: classical-Hellenistic, Middle Ages, early Renaissance, the age of Galileo and Descartes, Newton’s (golden) age, and the 18th century. … a very interesting and illuminating read. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $219.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Problem of the Motion of Bodies
Book Subtitle
A Historical View of the Development of Classical Mechanics
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
25
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04840-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04840-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04839-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34363-1
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 554
Number of Illustrations
83 b/w illustrations
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