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
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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by Ralph Abraham