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Mechanics of materials
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The mechanics of materials studies the resistance of solid bodies to mechanical (physical) action. The mechanics of materials and statics comprise the essential fields of knowledge in architectural statics (Statics, architectural). The two most important areas of study in the mechanics of materials are the composition of substances and the behavior of bodies under stress, and the analysis of both calls on the knowledge of physicists and engineers (Mechanics; Physical sciences). The mechanics of materials now provides, on the basis of microscopic investigation …

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Becchi, Antonio, “Mechanics of materials”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019218>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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