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Letter, 'On the mathematical theory of the stability of earthwork and masonry' from W J [William John] Macquorn Rankine to George Gabriel Stokes

Reference number: AP/38/13

Date: 18 February 1856

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Rankine presents his 'two fundamental principles' regarding he stability of earthwork and masonry, namely the principle of the stability of earth and the principle of the transformation of structures.

Includes two figures in the text illustrating Rankine's mathematical theory.

Subject: Mathematics / Civil engineering

Received 19 February 1856. Read 6 March 1856.

Written by Rankine in Glasgow.

This letter was published in full in volume 8 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the mathematical theory of the stability of earth-work and masonry'.

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AP/38/13
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18 February 1856
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4 pages
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William John Macquorn Rankine

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William John Macquorn Rankine, Letter, 'On the mathematical theory of the stability of earthwork and masonry' from W J [William John] Macquorn Rankine to George Gabriel Stokes, 18 February 1856, AP/38/13, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_38_13/letter-on-the-mathematical-theory-of-the-stability-of-earthwork-and-masonry-from-w-j-william-john-macquorn-rankine-to-george-gabriel-stokes, accessed on 23 July 2024

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