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Calculation of the Effect of Machines (1829)
Coverpage of Gustave Coriolis' 1829 textbook Calculation of the Effect of Machines.
In famous publications, Calculation of the Effect of Machines, or Considerations on the Use of Engines and their Evaluation is an 1829 textbook by French physicist Gustave Coriolis that introduced a number of fundamental modern concepts, such as the principle of the transmission of work, i.e. the standard definition of work as force times distance, the dynamode as a unit of work, and kinetic energy as one-half the mass times the squared velocity of an object. [1]

To a good extent, Coriolis' 1829 textbook seems to be the main reference to German physicist Rudolf Clausius’ derivation of the energy U of a body or internal energy in the modern sense in the mathematical introduction to his 1875 textbook The Mechanical Theory of Heat, although, to note, he does not explicitly mention Coriolis.

1. (a) Coriolis, Gustave. (1829). Calculation of the Effect of Machines, or Considerations on the Use of Engines and their Evaluation (Du Calcul de l'effet des Machines, ou Considérations sur l'emploi des Moteurs et sur Leur Evaluation). Paris: Carilian-Goeury, Libraire.
(b) Coriolis, Gustave. (1844). Treatise on the Mechanics of Solid Bodies and Calculation of the Effect on Machines (Traité de la Mécanique des Corps Solides et du Calcul de l'effet des Machines) (section: Principle of the Transmission of Work in the Movement of a Material Point, pgs. 35-40). 2nd. Ed. Paris.

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