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By James N. Johnson, Roger Cheret

This selection of vintage papers in surprise compression technological know-how makes to be had not just the most very important vintage papers on surprise waves through Poisson, Rankine, Earnshaw, Riemann, and Hugoniot, which stay vital references, but in addition a few pathbreaking papers from the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties on shocks in solids and fluids by means of such theorists as Bethe, and Weyl. even supposing their rules and effects stay of present curiosity, lots of those papers were demanding to discover, because the journals during which they have been released will not be to be had in lots of libraries. The editors have additionally translated papers written in French to lead them to available to a much broader viewers. This assortment is hence not just a precious historic source but additionally a necessary reference for these operating within the box.

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All the complications of establishing a well-functioning yearly calendar arose from the need to reconcile these three periods: the day, the month, and the year. Since 12 lunar months fall short of a solar year, it became necessary to insert some extra time into the lunar calendar to keep it in sync with the length of a solar year—a process called intercalation. Various cultures and civilizations han26 t h e ca le nda r dled this problem in different ways. Many primitive societies considered the months of deepest winter useless and ignored them.

T h e ca le nda r The third requirement answered such questions as: Is now the right time to sow corn or to plant beans? When is the appropriate time to plow the fields? The need for telling the time of year must have arisen first among hunter-gatherers. When should we store provisions for the coming winter? What is the best season to hunt bison or deer? With the advent of agriculture, however, plowing, planting, and harvesting had to occur at the proper times, and it was no accident that the calendar was invented in those civilizations where farming first evolved.

A second enhancement was made in about 250 bce by Archimedes, who attached the float to a gear arrangement that turned a pointer on what we would recognize as the face of a clock (see Figure 5). In the course of centuries, the gear mechanism of the water clock was elaborated to include automatic corrections for the varying lengths of the hour as the season changed— remember that day and night each contained 12 hours, in both summer and winter. Decorative moving figures were added as well, to increase the clock’s appeal (see Figure 6).

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