Murnaghan’s Finite Deformation of an Elastic Solid (1952)

  • C. Truesdell


Apparently intended as a text, this book follows the growing custom of beginning with an introductory chapter containing pure mathematics neither necessary nor sufficient for the applications which follow. The student is deterred from accepting the results without question by frequent interjections of “(why?)”, “(prove this)”, and other commands, and the pædagogical usefulness of the work is attested by the numerous simple exercises. The pages, whose crowding with symbols and parenthetical expressions in the text suggest that the publisher confused the manuscript with some work on topology or algebra, are a bit frightening.


Circular Cylinder Simple Shear Finite Deformation Lame Constant Introductory Chapter 
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Note for the Reprinting

  1. This review of F. D. Murnaghan’s Finite Deformation of an Elastic Solid, New York, Wiley, 1951, was first published in Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 58 (1952): 577–579.Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    M. Reiner, “Elasticity beyond the elastic limit”, American Journal of Mathematics 70(1948): 433–446.MathSciNetzbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 2.
    R. S. Rivlin, “Large elastic deformations of isotropic materials. IV. Further developments of the general theory”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (London) A241 (1948): 379–397.MathSciNetGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Truesdell
    • 1
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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