The beginning of theory of elasticity from Galileo to Jacob Bernoulli. (English) Zbl 1175.01009

Speiser, David, Discovering the principles of mechanics 1600–1800. Essays by David Speiser. Edited by Kim Williams and Sandro Caparrini. Basel: Birkhäuser (ISBN 978-3-7643-8564-4/hbk). 1-38 (2008).
The author studies a subject of Galileo’s Discorsi where he treats of the breaking of a beam and the evolution of his ideas through the works of Mariotte, Leibniz and Jacob Bernoulli. The Galileo impulse is also found in ulterior works of Newton, Cauchy and Mascheroni.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1151.01001].


01A40 History of mathematics in the 15th and 16th centuries, Renaissance
01A45 History of mathematics in the 17th century
74-03 History of mechanics of deformable solids
74K10 Rods (beams, columns, shafts, arches, rings, etc.)
74R99 Fracture and damage
74C99 Plastic materials, materials of stress-rate and internal-variable type