The history of mechanics, and more particularly, the history of mechanics applied to constructions, constitutes a field of research that is relatively recent. This volume, together with the recent publication "Towards a History of Construction", is intended as an homage to the two eminent scholars who made a determinant contribution to the history of mechanics: Edoardo Benvenuto and Clifford Truesdell.
Table of Contents
Preface 7 (2)
Truesdell and the History of the Theory of 9 (12)
Development of Studies in the History of 21 (18)
Elasticity Theory and Structural Mechanics
Coping With Error in the History of 39 (18)
Louis L. Bucciarelli
The Development of the Deformation Method 57 (32)
The Mechanics of Timbrel Vaults: a 89 (46)
The Use of a Particular Form of the 135(30)
Parallelogram Law of Forces for the
Building of Vaults (1650--1750)
Patricia Radelet-De Grave
Rose Windows 165(14)
Early Theories of Vectors 179(20)
The Ancients' Inferno: The Slow and 199(24)
Tortuous Development of `Newtonian'
Principles of Motion in the Eighteenth
A Historical Survey of Impact Theories 223(12)
What Can the Historian of Science Learn 235(16)
from the Historian of Fine Arts?
Index of Names 251