Sophie Germain pp 103-114 | Cite as

Elasticity Theory After Germain

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The mathematical theory of elastic vibrating plates originated in 1811, when Sophie Germain first developed the first valid hypothesis. This led to the first fourth-order partial differential equation now known as the Germain-Lagrange equation. Much more work had yet to be done, of course. The governing equation for the equilibrium of thin elastic plates was derived from that basic formulation.

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  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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