WSPC - COULMB MEMO STATS
COULOMB'S MEMOIR ON STATICS: AN ESSAY IN THE HISTORY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
|Publication Date:||18 December 1997|
Coulomb read his Essai on 'some statical problems' to the French Academy in 1773. It is a document of great importance in the history of engineering since it laid the foundations of the modern science of soil mechanics and also discussed three other major problems of eighteenth-century civil engineering: the bending of beams, the fracture of columns and the calculation of abutment thrusts developed by masonry arches.
Professor Heyman's book makes the Essai accessible to a wide range of engineers and historians of technology. It is here reproduced in full with an annotated English translation, a chapter elucidating Coulomb's references and with full discussion of the technical problems it treats. It concludes with some brief historical notes on Coulomb's life and technical education in eighteenth-century France.