International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms: Proceedings HMM2004

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Marco Ceccarelli
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 23, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 406 pages
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The HMM2004 International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms is the second event of a series that has been started in 2000 as main activity of the IFToMM Permanent Commission for History of MMS, Mechanism and Machine Science. The aim of the HMM Symposium is to be a forum to exchange views, opinions, and experiences on History of MMS from technical viewpoints in order to track the past but also to look at future developments in MMS. The HMM Symposium Series is devoted to the technical aspects of historical deve- pments and therefore it has been addressed mainly to the IFToMM Community. In fact, most the authors of the contributed papers are experts in MMS and related topics. This year HMM Symposium came back to Cassino, after the challenging first event in 2000. The HMM2004 International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms was held at the University of Cassino, Italy, from 12 to 15 May 2004. These Proceedings contain 29 papers by authors from all around the world. These papers cover the wide field of the History of Mechanical Engineering and particularly the History of MMS. The contributions address mainly technical aspects of historical developments of Machines and Mechanisms. History of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science is also outlined through the historical activities of some of its Commissions.

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I noticed that in the article on the mechane of the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens that no reference was made to my 1979 article in ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS, wherein I proposed a reconstruction of the fifth-century machine. As it happens, my reconstruction, based on archaeological and literary evidence, is similar to that in the article here. My reconstruction is much simpler, however, as it is based on an existing machine, the geranos used for well-water retrieval, which could be adapted for use in the theatre without too much trouble. The Theatre of Dionysos presents a unique problem for theatre machines like the mechane and the ekkyklema, as there is limited backstage area and a precipitous drop-off into the temenos of Dionysos Eleutherios. My reconstruction takes advantage of this drop-off, using it to accommodate a human counterweight to the actor on the business end of the crane arm. I trust that in the future your scholars will review all the extant literature on the subject, including my article entitled ""That Magnificent Flying Machine: On the Nature of the Mechane of the Theatre of Dionysos at Athens," Archaeological News 8 (1979):1-6.
A.L.H. Robkin, PhD.
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A..


History of IFToMM
Past Present and Future in Mechanism
Development and Activities of the IFToMM Rotordynamic
A Simulating Experiment on the Ancient Chinese
Engineering Aspects of the Collapse of the Colossus of Rhodes
DeusExMachina Reconstruction and Dynamics
Past Ideas for New Designs
Marionette From Traditional
The Contribution of Coulomb to Applied Mechanics
Evolution of Design Use and Strength
Mechanism Analysis and Design
On the History of Focal Mechanisms and Their Derivatives
Automata and Robots
Development of Walking Machines Historical Perspective
Biped Robots The State of Art

People in MMS and Their Works
Russian Scientist Mechanics Ufimtsev A G
Historical Development of Theories
A Note on the History of Trigonometric Functions
The Early Development
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