How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 24, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 396 pages

This unique book presents a nontechnical view of the history of mechanics, from the Big Bang to present day. The impact of mechanics on the evolution of a variety of subjects is vividly illustrated, including astronomy, geology, astrophysics, anthropology, archeology, ancient history, Renaissance art, music, meteorology, modern structural engineering, mathematics, medicine, warfare, and sports. While enormous in scope, the subject matter is covered (with ample photographic support) at a level designed to capture the interest of both the learned and the curious. The book concludes with a creative and thoughtful examination of the current state of mechanics and possibilities for the future of mechanics.

 

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Contents

1 Mechanics and Our Ancestors
1
2 The Greeks
35
3 The Romans
59
4 Mechanics in the Middle Ages
79
5 The Artistic Renaissance
105
6 Finding Our Way
125
7 Mechanics Reborn
145
8 Music and Measuring
185
11 Life Cycles
267
12 The Quality of Our Lives
299
13 Mechanics Today
323
14 The Future of Mechanics
363
How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World
381
About the Author
382
References
383
Author Index
387

9 Continuum Mechanics Art and Structures
207
10 Weather
243

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Dr. David Allen is Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas-Pan American and formerly, 2002-2010, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Nebraska. He is the author of "Introduction to the Mechanics of Deformable Solids," Springer, 2013.

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