## Preface to the Third Edition
A main addition introduced in this third edition is the inclusion of OVERVIEW O. An Informal Overview of Cartan's Exterior Differential Forms,Illustrated with an Application to Cauchy's Stress Tensor The new shortened version of Appendix A, dealing with elasticity, requires the discussion of Cauchy stresses dealt with in the Overview. The author believes that the use of Cartan's vector-valued exterior forms in elasticity is more suitable (both in principle and in computations) than the classical tensor analysis usually employed in engineering (which is also developed in the text.) The new version of Appendix A also contains contributions by my engineering colleague H. Murakami, including his treatment of the Truesdell stress rate. Corrections to the text: Download in PDF |