By Gérard A. Maugin
Conceived as a sequence of kind of self sustaining essays, the current e-book significantly exposes the preliminary advancements of continuum thermo-mechanics in a submit Newtonian interval extending from the inventive works of the Bernoullis to the 1st global conflict, i.e., approximately in the course of first the “Age of cause” and subsequent the “Birth of the fashionable world”. The emphasis is rightly put on the unique contributions from the “Continental” scientists (the Bernoulli relatives, Euler, d’Alembert, Lagrange, Cauchy, Piola, Duhamel, Neumann, Clebsch, Kirchhoff, Helmholtz, Saint-Venant, Boussinesq, the Cosserat brothers, Caratheodory) in festival with their British friends (Green, Kelvin, Stokes, Maxwell, Rayleigh, Love,..). It underlines the most breakthroughs in addition to the secondary ones. It highlights the position of scientists who left crucial prints during this heritage of medical rules. The ebook exhibits how the bold advancements that blossomed within the 20th century (and perused in a prior ebook of the writer within the comparable Springer sequence: “Continuum Mechanics in the course of the 20th Century”, Springer 2013) chanced on wealthy compost within the positive foundational achievements of the eighteenth and 19th centuries. The pre-WWI scenario is definitely summarized by means of a radical research of treatises (Appell, Hellinger) released at the moment. English translations via the writer of most important texts in French or German are given to the good thing about the readers.