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Down from the mountain : the birth of naval architecture in the scientific revolution, 1600-1800 / Larrie D. Ferreiro

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Ferreiro, Larrie D  Search this
Physical description:
550 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
17th century
18th century
19th century
Includes Abstract.
Preface: Rationale for this work ; What is naval architecture? ; Terms of reference ; Outline of this work ; Notes ; Some modern definitions, symbols and units of measure ; Acknowledgements -- Prologue, Bouguer in Pero: Pierre Bouguer ; The geodesic mission to Pero ; Writing Traité du navire ; The impossible return -- "Mere carpenters": Overview of the naval and maritime situation in Europe, 1600-1800 ; Doctrine, technology and ship theory ; Ship models and ships' plans ; Shipbuilding treatises -- Deriving the Dérive: Structures of the scientific revolution ; Colbert, Renau and the search for a theory of construction ; The debate over the Dérive ; Masting of ships -- A shock to the system: Rational mechanics and ship theory ; Precursors to Newton ; The solid of least resistance ; Ratio of bow resistance as applied to ships ; Evolution of hydrodynamic theory ; Experimentation ; Downfall of the solid of least resistance -- Inventing the metacenter: Stability accidents ; Tons or tuns? ; Calculating displacement ; Early development of stability theory ; Minister of the Navy Maurepas ; Convergence, 1732-1735 ; The metacenter as a multiple ; Theory into practice ; Extensions of stability theory -- Genius and engineering: France's Corps of Engineer, constructors of the Navy ; Spain's Corps of Naval Engineers ; Denmark's naval officer-constructors ; Other navies ; Conclusion: Naval architecture at the end of the scientific revolution and the beginning of the industrial age -- Epilogue: How naval architecture came down from the mountain: The figure of the Earth and the quarrel with La Condamine ; Publication of Traité du navire ; Significance and impact of Traité du navire ; Promised land -- Appendix: Personages -- Bibliography
Naval architecture--History  Search this
Marine engineering--History  Search this
Call number:
VM18 .F47 2004
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