Lessons on Rigid Dynamics

    Abstract

    THIS work treats of the geometry of motion, D'AIembert's principle, reduction of the expressions for the effective forces, moments and products of inertia, energy, precessional motion, and certain differential equations which occur in treating of the subject of Rigid Dynamics. There is an excellent selection of exercises, many of which are worked out, and the answers are in many cases accompanied by useful hints. The book appears to us to be in every respect an admirable one, and to be a good introduction to the study of this difficult branch of natural philosophy. We agree with Mr. Pirie in thinking that much of the difficulty students find in this subject arises from the explanations which are given in the ordinary text-books being for the most part brief and often, in consequence, obscure. We believe the author's hope that his book may be useful not only to students of natural philosophy, but also to engineers, is likely to be realised. We cordially recommend the book.

    Lessons on Rigid Dynamics.

    Rev.

    G.

    Pirie

    By the (London: Macmillan and Co., 1875.)

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