[ON THE WAY TO AERODYNAMICS] O prochnosti dvizheniia [i.e. On the Strength of Motion]
Moscow: V Universitetskoi tipografii, 1882. , 104 pp. 25x16,5 cm. In original printed wrappers with decorative frame. Tears of the spine with small fragments lost, some foxing, otherwise very good.
First and only separate edition. Extremely rare.
This is a thesis in applied mathematics that was written by Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847-1921), the founder of the Russian aerodynamics and contributor to world mechanics and aviation.
The issue of motion stability was raised by A. Routh and N. Zhukovsky independently. The works were carried out, going from one start but in different directions. That point was noticed by Zhukovsky, when he got acquainted with already published Routh’s book, and became the reason to finish his own work. Zhukovsky indicated the key difference in the preface and positioned both books as complementary to each other.
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