The History of the Theory of Structures – Karl-Eugen Kurrer – 1st Edition


This book traces the evolution of theory of and strength of – the of the geometrical thinking of the Renaissance to become the fundamental discipline rooted in classical . Starting with the strength experiments of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo, the author examines the emergence of individual and their formation into theory of structures in the 19th century.

For the first time, a book of this kind outlines the development from classical theory of structures to the structural mechanics and computational mechanics of the 20th century. In doing so, the author has managed to bring alive the differences between the players with respect to their engineering and scientific profiles and personalities, and to create an understanding for the social context. Brief insights into common methods of analysis, backed up by historical details, help the reader gain an understanding of the history of structural mechanics from the standpoint of modern engineering practice. A total of 175 brief biographies of important personalities in civil and structural engineering as well as structural mechanics plus an extensive bibliography round off this work.

Table of Content

*Foreword by Prof. Ekkehard Ramm
*Preface to the first, German edition
*The tasks and aims of a historical study of theory of structures
*Learning from the history of structural analysis: 11 introductory essays
*The first fundamental engineering science disciplines: theory of structures and applied mechanics
*From masonry arch to elastic arch
*The beginnings of a theory of structures
*The discipline-formation period of theory of structures
*From construction with iron to modern structural steelwork
*Member analysis conquers the third dimension: the spatial framework
*Reinforced concrete's influence on theory of structures
*From classical to modern theory of structures
*Twelve scientific controversies in mechanics and theory of structures
*Perspectives for theory of structures
*Brief biographies
*Name index
*Subject index

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