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A Short History

  • Contains a valuable source of information for everybody interested in the history of mechanics and especially of IUTAM

  • Provides extensive data and statistics

  • Contains photos from all epochs of IUTAM’s history and most of its key players

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. What Is Mechanics?

    • Sir James Lighthill
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Current Solid Mechanics Research

    • Viggo Tvergaard
    Pages 13-16Open Access
  4. Current Research in Fluid Mechanics

    • Tim J. Pedley
    Pages 17-20Open Access
  5. About the Early International Congresses of Applied Mechanics

    • Giovanni Battimelli
    Pages 21-30Open Access
  6. Post World War II Activities: From Paris to Lyngby

    • Jan Hult, Nicholas J. Hoff
    Pages 31-35Open Access
  7. Turn of the Century Activities: From Grenoble to Montreal

    • Werner Schiehlen
    Pages 37-49Open Access
  8. Congresses

    • Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 51-70Open Access
  9. Symposia

    • Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 71-79Open Access
  10. General Assemblies

    • Daniel C. Drucker, Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 81-84Open Access
  11. Reports and Further References

    • Stephen Juhasz, Frithiof I. Niordson, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 85-88Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 89-242

About this book

This book presents extensive information related to the history of IUTAM. The initial chapters focus on IUTAM’s history and selected organizational aspects. Subsequent chapters provide extensive data and statistics, while the closing section showcases photos from all periods of the Union’s history.

The history of IUTAM, the International Union on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, began at a conference in 1922 in Innsbruck, Austria, where von Kármán put forward the idea of an international congress including the whole domain of applied mechanics. In 1946 IUTAM was then formally launched in Paris/France. IUTAM has since time organized more than 24 world congresses and 380 symposia, representing all fields of mechanics and highlighting advances by prominent international researchers.

The efforts of IUTAM and its about 50 member countries serve to promote the mechanical sciences and the advancement of human society, addressing many key challenges. In this context, IUTAM preserves important traditions while at the same time recognizing new challenges and adapting its structures and processes accordingly.

The first edition of this book was published in 1988. This new book now offers an updated and completely revised edition reflecting the substantial developments in the interim.


  • Events organized by IUTAM
  • History of IUTAM
  • Mechanics
  • People involved in IUTAM
  • Human society

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

    Peter Eberhard

  • San Antonio, USA

    Stephen Juhasz

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: IUTAM

  • Book Subtitle: A Short History

  • Editors: Peter Eberhard, Stephen Juhasz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-31061-9Published: 27 July 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80953-3Published: 31 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-31063-3Published: 20 July 2016

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 242

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Engineering Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Characterization and Analytical Technique

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)