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00023___722039da0820cfc14e7faa1971cc978a - 2 I NTRODUCTION...

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2 INTRODUCTION Chap. 1 often, they are limited by insufficient scientific knowledge. Thus they study mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and mechanics. Often they have to add to the sciences relevant to their profession. Thus engineering sciences are born. This book is written by engineering scientists, for engineering scientists, and this determines its style. The qualities we want are: 0 Easy to read, 0 Precise, concise, and practical, 0 First priority on the formulation of problems, 0 Presenting the classical results as gold standard, and 0 Numerical approach as everyday tool to obtain solutions. If the book is a banquet, we offer some hors d’oeuvres in this introductory chapter. 1.1. HOOKE’S LAW Historically, the notion of elasticity was first announced in 1676 by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) in the form of an anagram, ceiiinosssttuw. He explained it in 1678 as Ut tensio sic vis , or “the power of any springy body is in the same proportion with the extension.” t As stated in the original form, Hooke’s law is not very clear. Our
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