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AME 238: Mechanics of Solids (R.K. Roeder) History of Solid Mechanics began as a branch of mathematics became branch of engineering in mid-20th century Archimedes (287-212 BC) • Greek mathematician who lived in Sicily. • Most known for geometric proofs and may have invented calculus, but also. .. • Invented the pulley, screw, and catapult; defined the law of levers. • Said to have discovered "Archimedes' principle" while bathing and subsequently ran naked through the streets of Syracuse shouting "Eureka!"
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History of Solid Mechanics Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) • Italian artist and scientist. • A true Renaissance man who studied architecture, astronomy and anatomy. • Conducted tensile tests (Lab #1!) on wires and related the measured displacement to the wire strength. • Attempted to analyze beams, trusses and columns, but never developed adequate theory. • "Mechanics is the paradise of
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