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Los Molinos y las Cometas por Mr. Euler le fils. Modelos matemáticos para las máquinas hidráulicas en el siglo XVIII (2008)


Suay Belenguer, Juan Miguel (Author)

Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
Volume: 9
Pages: 117--144

ISSN: 1135-934X

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: 300 Aniversari de Leonhard Euler (1707--2007)

Throughout its history, the kite has crossed many geographical and cultural borders. Its shapes, its uses, its meaning and its symbology have undergone many changes to adapt to each of these different contexts. But perhaps one of the most significant transformations of this highly popular and traditional object of fun and leisure took place at the heart of Western culture when, at the height of the Enlightenment, the kite became a scientific instrument for physical experimentation, used by authors such as Benjamin Franklin for the study of atmospheric electricity, and shortly after as a device propelled by a fluid. In 1758, the Berlin Royal Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts published a volume containing memoires written in 1756. In the section devoted to Mathematics, three papers by Leonhard Euler (1707--1783) were published, one of them dealing with the study of windmills. In the same volume, his son, Johann Albert Euler (1734--1800) published a paper on kites (Des Cerf- volants). The formal structure of both articles is very similar as regards the definition of the geometric model of the device, the physical model they apply in order to explain how the kite works (impact theory), the mathematical development -- algebraic -- and the way their results are expressed. The purpose of my work is to analyze the ways in which the definition, the shape, the uses and the representation of the kite have changed in order to be included in further papers among those presented and published by the different European Academies on hydraulic machines and naval theory throughout the 18th century.


Description On the definition, shape, uses, and representation of the kite as it changed over the 18th century in the context of hydraulic machines and naval theory.

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Article Massa Esteve, Maria Rosa (2008) Congrés Internacional “300 Aniversari Leonhard Euler (1707--2007)”. Barcelona, 20--21 de setembre de 2007. Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria (p. 307). unapi

Article Lusa Monforte, Guillermo (2008) Congrés Internacional “300 Aniversari Leonhard Euler (1707--2007)”. Una presentación informal. Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria (p. 3). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lugaresi, Maria Giulia
Euler, Leonhard
Morris, Andrew M. A.
Sylvio R. Bistafa
Sznajder, Roman
Franz Lemmermeyer
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
British Journal for the History of Mathematics
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
Princeton University Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Editions Médecine et Hygiène
Fluid mechanics
Euler, Leonhard
Euler, Johann Albrecht
Jacquier, François
Ehler, Carl Gottlieb
Parent, Antoine
Poniatowski, Stanislaw
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
Early modern
17th century
Florence (Italy)
United States

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