A Mechanical Text-Book; or, Introduction to the Study of Mechanics and Engineering.
by RANKINE, William John Macquorn (1820-1872); BAMBER, Edward Fisher.
London:: Charles Griffin, 1873., 1873. 8vo. xii, 312, 24 [ads] pp. 158 figs., index. Original brick red blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; spine slightly darkened, modern endpapers. Very good +. First edition. William John Macquorn Rankine was a Scottish mechanical engineer. Along with Rudolf Clausius and Lord Kelvin, he was a founding contributor of the science of thermodynamics. "Rankine published a highly successful set of engineering textbooks. These works were extremely comprehensive and combined practical knowledge with theory, often demanding from the reader a considerable background in mathematics; they also illustrate Rankine's concern for terminological precision. (For instance, he incorporated in to the manuals his earlier definition of 'strain' as the relative displacement of the particles of a body, a usage that became standard.)" – DSB XI p. 294.
(Inventory #: RW1622)
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