Volume 3: A Concise History

  • Vincenzo Vullo

Part of the Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics book series (SSSSM, volume 12)

About this book


This book provides a compact history of gears, by summarizing the main stages of their development and the corresponding gradual acquisition of engineering expertise, from the antiquity to the Renaissance and the twentieth century. This brief history makes no claim to be exhaustive, since the topic is so extensive, complex and fascinating that it deserves an entire encyclopedia. Despite its brevity, the book debunks a number of popular misconceptions, such as the belief that the first literary description of a gear was supplied by Aristotle. It disproves not only this myth, but also other peremptory statements and/or axiomatic assumptions that have no basis in written documents, archaeological findings or other factual evidence. The book is chiefly intended for students and lecturers, historians of science and scientists, and all those who want to learn about the genesis and evolution of this topic.


historical development of gears history of machine science history of engineering material strength theory solid mechanics gears

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincenzo Vullo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Rome “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-40163-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-40164-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3511
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-352X
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