Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Sir James Lighthill
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Viggo Tvergaard
    Pages 13-16 Open Access
  4. Tim J. Pedley
    Pages 17-20 Open Access
  5. Giovanni Battimelli
    Pages 21-30 Open Access
  6. Jan Hult, Nicholas J. Hoff
    Pages 31-35 Open Access
  7. Werner Schiehlen
    Pages 37-49 Open Access
  8. Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 51-70 Open Access
  9. Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 71-79 Open Access
  10. Daniel C. Drucker, Stephen Juhasz, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 81-84 Open Access
  11. Stephen Juhasz, Frithiof I. Niordson, Peter Eberhard
    Pages 85-88 Open Access
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 89-242

About this book


This book presents extensive information related to the history of IUTAM. The initial chapters focus on IUTAM’s history and selected organizational aspects. Subsequent chapters provide extensive data and statistics, while the closing section showcases photos from all periods of the Union’s history.

The history of IUTAM, the International Union on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, began at a conference in 1922 in Innsbruck, Austria, where von Kármán put forward the idea of an international congress including the whole domain of applied mechanics. In 1946 IUTAM was then formally launched in Paris/France. IUTAM has since time organized more than 24 world congresses and 380 symposia, representing all fields of mechanics and highlighting advances by prominent international researchers.

The efforts of IUTAM and its about 50 member countries serve to promote the mechanical sciences and the advancement of human society, addressing many key challenges. In this context, IUTAM preserves important traditions while at the same time recognizing new challenges and adapting its structures and processes accordingly.

The first edition of this book was published in 1988. This new book now offers an updated and completely revised edition reflecting the substantial developments in the interim.


Events organized by IUTAM History of IUTAM Mechanics People involved in IUTAM Human society ICTAM

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Eberhard
    • 1
  • Stephen Juhasz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Engineering and Computational MechanicsUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.San AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31061-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31063-3
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