• Danilo Capecchi
Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 42)


Hereinafter, the law of virtual work is not given its contemporary meaning. To do so would be misleading in that it would attempt to write a history based on unavoidable recourse to categories of thinking that did not exist in the past. I use instead the broader meaning of law of equilibrium, where forces appear together with the motion of their points of application independently of the logical status assumed, be it a theorem, a principle or an empirical law. In this sense the laws of virtual work represent a particular historical point of view on mechanics.


Virtual Work Incline Plane Newtonian Mechanic Virtual Displacement Rational Justification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Capecchi
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  1. 1.Università La SapienzaRomeItaly

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