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    Conceptual and Mathematical Structures of Mechanical Science in the Western Civilization Around 18th Century.Raffaele Pisano & Danilo Capecchi - 2013 - Almagest 4 (2):86-21.
    One may discuss the role played by mechanical science in the history of scientific ideas, particularly in physics, focusing on the significance of the relationship between physics and mathematics in describing mathematical laws in the context of a scientific theory. In the second Newtonian law of motion, space and time are crucial physical magnitudes in mechanics, but they are also mathematical magnitudes as involved in derivative operations. Above all, if we fail to acknowledge their mathematical meaning, we fail to comprehend (...)
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    Mechanism and biology in the seventeenth century.Danilo Capecchi - forthcoming - Metascience:1-3.
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    Attempts by Descartes and Roberval to Evaluate the Centre of Oscillation of Compound Pendulums.Danilo Capecchi - 2014 - Early Science in Medicine 19 (3):211-235.
  4. Piola’s Contribution to Continuum Mechanics.Giuseppe C. Ruta & Danilo Capecchi - 2007 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 61 (4):303-342.
    This paper examines the contribution of Gabrio Piola to continuum mechanics.Though he was undoubtably a skilled mathematician and a good mechanician, little is commonly known about his papers within the international scientific community, principally because a large part of the Italian school of mechanics was isolated in the first half of the XIXth century.We examine and comment on Piola’s most important papers, and compare them with those of his contemporaries Cauchy, Poisson and Kirchhoff.
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  5. From Classical to Voigt’s Molecular Models in Elasticity.Patrizia Trovalusci, Giuseppe Ruta & Danilo Capecchi - 2010 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 64 (5):525-559.
    In the first decades of the nineteenth century the French mechanicians—Cauchy and Poisson amongst them—developed a theory of linear elasticity according to which matter is composed of material points. They believed that these points interact by means of opposite central forces, whose magnitude depends on the length of the segment joining the particles. This theory suggested that homogeneous isotropic materials were characterized by a unique elastic constant. Later experiments, however, showed that two elastic constants were necessary. These results undermined the (...)
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