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Topic: [HM] Question on Euler's papers on solid body dynamics
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Teun Koetsier

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[HM] Question on Euler's papers on solid body dynamics
Posted: Apr 3, 2006 12:18 PM
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Dear all,

My question is: When was Enestrom 336 (one of Euler's papers on solid body dynamics) presented to the Berlin Academy?

On page 336 and 347 of Giulio Maltese, On the relativity of motion in Leonhard Euler?s science,
Archive for History of Exact Science 54, 2000, Maltese states that Euler's paper
E336 (Du mouvement d'un corps solide quelconque lorsq'il tourne autour d'un axe mobile) was presented to
the Berlin Academy on October 7, 1751.

This contradicts what Charles Blanc wrote on p. xxiii of his the preface to Euler's O. O. II, 9.
Presumably Blanc followed C. G. J. Jacobi who wrote that a treatise with a similar
title was presented to the Berlin Academy on November 9, 1758.

The question is interesting because E177 and E292 are the two (other) major papers by Euler on solid body dynamics.
If Maltese is right E336 came before E292. If Blanc is right E336 was written after E292.

If there is someone who can help me, I would very much appreciate this.

Best regards,

Teun Koetsier

Teun Koetsier
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