A landmark in the history of mechanics, reducing the laws of the motion of bodies to a law of equilibrium
Traité de dynamique, dans lequel les lois de l'equilibre & du mouvement des corps sont réduites au plus petit nombre possible.
Paris: David l'Aine, 1743.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002001
4to (219x164 mm). , xxvi, , 186,  pp, engraved title-vignette, 4 engraved folding plates at end. (A few minor marginal stains on title-page and preliminaries.) Contemporary calf (extremities scuffed, boards and spine worn, hinges repaired), very light toning and occasional minor spotting of text. Provenance: Antonii Scherbrant(?), illegible signature to first flyleaf. Very good, internally crisp copy. ---- PMM 195; Poggendorf I, 28; Wellcome II, p. 28; Norman 31. --- FIRST EDITION OF D'ALEMBERT'S IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE FORMALIZING OF NEWTON'S NEW SCIENCE OF MECHANICS. The Traité de dynamique, one of d'Alembert's most famous scientific works, demonstrates d'Alembert clearly recognized that a scientific revolution had occurred and sets out to formalize the new science of mechanics - an accomplishment often mis-attributed to Newton. The first part of the treatise comprises d'Alembert's own three laws of motion: inertia, the parallelogram of motion, and equilibrium. The second part contains the first statement of what has come to be known as "d'Alembert's Principle:" which states that the internal forces of inertia must be equal and opposite to the forces that produce the acceleration - a theory which is applied to many mechanical and technical problems, in particular to the theory of the motion of fluids. 'The "Treatise on Dynamics' was d'Alembert's first major book and it is a landmark in the history of mechanics. It reduces the laws of the motion of bodies to a law of equilibrium" (PMM).
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