## Classic Papers in Shock Compression Science: Edition en anglaisThe field of shock compression science has a long and rich history involving contributions of mathematicians, physicists and engineers over approximately two hundred years. The middle of the nineteenth century was an especially ac tive period with the contributions of Riemann, Rankine and Hugoniot, among others. The middle of the twentieth century saw another increase in activity re lated to shock compression of condensed matter as a result of military applica tions. It was also recognized that shock compression provided a means of sub jecting solids and liquids to extreme states of temperature and pressure difficult to achieve by static means. It has thus become an academic study in its own right. The principal modem contributions to this science were summarized in the landmark paper by Rice, McQueen and Walsh [Solid State Physics, Vol. 6, pp. 1-63, 1958]. As this field has continued to mature, interest has increased in tracing the early papers that have served as the foundations of the field. Cheret [Shock Compression of Condensed Matter - 1989, Elsevier Sci. Pub. B. V. , pp 11-19, 1990) has contributed to this literature with his review of the life of Hugoniot on the one-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Hugoniot's classic paper on the propagation of discontinuous waves in gases. This contribution prompted additional historical investigation involving the precursors to Hugoniot. |

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### Contents

A Paper on the Theory of Sound | 3 |

On a Difficulty in the Theory of Sound | 71 |

The Propagation of Planar Air Waves of Finite Amplitude | 109 |

On The Thermodynamic Theory of Waves of Finite Longitudinal Disturbance | 133 |

The Life and Work of Pierre Henri Hugoniot | 149 |

On the Propagation of Motion in Bodies and in Perfect Gases in Particular I | 161 |

On the Propagation of Motion in Bodies and in Perfect Gases in Particular II | 245 |

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adiabatic air molecules applied arbitrary function assume becomes body Boyle's law calculation characteristic curve coefficient comes into existence compatible condensation consider corresponding deduce density determine developable surface direction discontinuity distance dt dx dx dt dx dx edge of regression elastic end stratum energy entropy equal zero expression fluid formula given gives hence Hermann Weyl horizontal Hugoniot increases indefinitely independent infinite infinitesimally initial integral surface intersection layer limit linear mass moves negative obtain original vibrating source partial differential equation particular perfect gases phase boundary phase transition Pierre Henri Hugoniot piston plane positive pressure problem quantities radius vector Rankine rarefaction ratio satisfied second order derivatives shock curve shock equation shock wave solution specific heat specific volume strata tangent temperature theorem theory thermodynamic tube variables velocity of propagation velocity of sound viscosity x-axis