Strength of Materials and Theory of Elasticity in 19th Century Italy

A Brief Account of the History of Mechanics of Solids and Structures

  • Danilo Capecchi
  • Giuseppe Ruta

Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta
    Pages 1-81
  3. Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta
    Pages 83-121
  4. Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta
    Pages 123-177
  5. Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta
    Pages 179-265
  6. Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta
    Pages 267-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-393

About this book


This book examines the theoretical foundations underpinning the field of strength of materials/theory of elasticity, beginning from the origins of the modern theory of elasticity. While the focus is on the advances made within Italy during the nineteenth century, these achievements are framed within the overall European context. The vital contributions of Italian mathematicians, mathematical physicists, and engineers in respect of the theory of elasticity, continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, the principle of least work, and graphical methods in engineering are carefully explained and discussed. The book represents a work of historical research that primarily comprises original contributions and summaries of work published in journals. It is directed at those graduates in engineering, but also in architecture, who wish to achieve a more global and critical view of the discipline and will also be invaluable for all scholars of the history of mechanics.


Continuum Mechanics History of Mathematics Italian History of Mechanics Structural Mechanics Theory of Elasticity

Authors and affiliations

  • Danilo Capecchi
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Ruta
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipt di Ingegneria Strut. e GeotecnicaUniversità di Roma "La Sapienza"RomeItaly
  2. 2.Dipt di Ingegneria Strut. e GeotecnicaUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05523-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05524-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-8433
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-8441
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