This volume, under the joint authorship of Professors Biezeno and Grammel, respectively of the Technical High Schools of Delft and Stuttgart, is the first of four which will appear under the common title Engineering Dynamics. First published in a single volume in 1939 (Technische Dynamik), the appearance of a second edition in 1953 has been followed by an English translation. The title was chosen not only to indicate that elementary engineering mechanics has been excluded, but also in an attempt to restore the original meaning of the word ‘Dynamics’. In the authors' view dynamics is the ‘science of forces’ including both statics, which treats of systems of forces in equilibrium, and kinetics, which treats of unbalanced forces and the motions they produce. This wide but very reasonable definition enables them to treat, at post‐graduate level, many topics, each of which has provided other writers with matter for a whole volume. The first volume deals with ‘Analytical and Experimental Methods of Elastic Theory’, while the subsequent volumes will cover the mechanics of the following topics: Vol. II, Elastic Problems of Single Machine Elements; Vol. III, Steam Turbines; Vol. IV, Internal Combustion Engines.
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