MS#71. Experimental Mechanics: the First Forty Years, 1992
In: Mechanics Day, William F. Shadwick, Perinkulam Sambamurthy Krishnaprasad, Tudor Stefan Ratiu, eds.,
American Mathematical Society, Providence RI, 1996, pp. 1-3.
Written: June 12, 1992
Subjects: Classical mechanics, computational math
Abstract. Since the first work of Fermi, Pasta, and Ulam in 1952, computation has played a small but stimulating role in the explosive development of conservative mechanics. Here is a brief survey of the highlights of the early experimental work in Hamiltonian mechanics, done by the pioneers of computational mathematics on digital computers.
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