The Metamorphosis of the Work Concept and its Incorporation into Economic Thought

  • Agamenon R. E. Oliveira
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 24)


First of all, the work is a process in which participate man and nature, and human being with his action propels, regulates and controls his material interchange with nature. He faces the nature as one of his forces. He moves natural forces of his body, arms and legs, head and hands, in order to appropriate of nature′s resources, giving useful shape to human life.


Friction Force Relative Motion Rational Mechanic Machine Efficiency Resistant Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Mechanics and Structures, Polytechnica School of Rio de JaneiroFederal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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