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New Book: Mechanics IUTAM USNC/TAM

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A new book on mechancis by Carl T. Herakovich has been published by Springer, both as an eBook and in hard cover.

A summary of the book follows.


A History of People, Events, and Communities

The book provides a detailed history of the United States National Committee on

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) of the US National Academies,

the relationship between the USNC/TAM and IUTAM, and a review of the many

mechanicians who developed the field over time. It emphasizes the birth and growth

of USNC/TAM, the birth and growth of the larger International Union of Theoretical

and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and explores the work of mechanics from Aristotle to

the present. Written by the former Secretary of USNC/TAM, Dr. Carl T. Herakovich of

the University of Virginia, the book profiles luminaries of mechanics including Galileo,

Newton, Bernoulli, Euler, Cauchy, Prandtl, Einstein, von Kármán, Timoshenko, and in

so doing provides insight into centuries of scientific and technologic advance.

The book:

• Profiles the applied mathematicians and engineers who developed the field

of mechanics in the context of the establishment of the USNC/TAM and the


• Details the relationship between USNC/TAM and IUTAM;

• Traces the significant developments in the field of mechanics;

• Examines the development of the USNC/TAM from its birth to the present.

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