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Traité analytique de la résistance des solides, et des solides d'égale résistance
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1798.

Strength of Materials

Girard, Pierre Simon (1765-1835). Traité analytique de la résistance des solides, et des solides d'égale résistance . . . 4to. lv, 238, [2, incl. errata], 48pp. 9 folding engraved plates. Paris: Firmin Didot; Dupont, an VI (1798). 248 x 196 mm. Tree sheep c. 1798, gilt spine with black gilt-lettered label, "Ecole royale regimentaire d'Artillerie de Metz" tooled in gilt on front cover, light rubbing, corners and upper spine extremity a bit worn. Very good.

First Edition of the work that named the discipline known as the strength of materials. Girard was trained at the École des Ponts et Chaussées, and was one of the few engineers of his time with sufficient mathematical knowledge to read the works of Euler. In 1787 Girard began investigating the strength of wood as a structural material and was able to apply his first results in this field in 1790, when he won the Académie des Science's competition on the theory and practice of canal and harbor lock construction. In 1798 he published his Traité analytique de la résistance des solides, containing the results of his researches on the strength and resistance of building stone, timber and wrought iron; it was the first book published in France to deal with the theory of beams in all its aspects (strength, flexural strength, elastic stability, yield strength). In the same year Girard traveled with Napoleon's army to Egypt, where he studied the surface elevation and bed characteristics of the Nile; on his return to France, Napoleon appointed him director of the Paris water supply. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Nouvelle biographie générale.


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