Journal of Elasticity

, Volume 135, Issue 1–2, pp 117–148 | Cite as

“Reality” and Representation in Mechanics: The Legacy of Walter Noll

  • Gianpietro Del PieroEmail author


The foundations of the mechanics of generalized continua are revisited in the light of the theoretical progress made in the last decades. The paper includes a summary of the scientific activity of W. Noll, to whom a large part of this progress is due.


Foundations of mechanics Generalized continua Two-scale deformations Reference frames 

Mathematics Subject Classification

74AXX 74A05 74A10 74A20 74A60 74C15 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di IngegneriaUniversità di FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.International Research Center M&MoCSCisterna di LatinaItaly

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