How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3319017012
  • ISBN-13: 9783319017013
  • DDC: 531.09
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 396 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Mechanics and Our Ancestors.
2: The Greeks.
3: The Romans.
4: Mechanics in the Middle Ages.
5: The Artistic Renaissance.
6: Finding Our Way.
7: Mechanics Reborn.
8: Music and Measuring.
9: Continuum Mechanics, Art and Structures.
10: Weather.
11: Life Cycles.
12: The Quality of Our Lives.
13: Mechanics Today.
14: The Future of Mechanics.
15: Errata to: How Mechanics Shaped the Modern World.
About the Author.
Author Index.
Subject Index.