Foundations of the Probabilistic Mechanics of Discrete Media


  • D. R. Axelrad, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

This latest volume in the Foundations & Philosophy of Science & Technology series provides an account of probabilistic functional analysis and shows its applicability in the formulation of the behaviour of discrete media with the inclusion of microstructural effects. Although quantum mechanics have long been recognized as a stochastic theory, the introduction of probabilistic concepts and principles to classical mechanics has in general not been attempted. In this study the author takes the view that the significant field quantities of a discrete medium are random variables or functions of such variables. Hence the probabilistic mechanics of discrete media are based on the mathematical theory of probability and the axiomatics of measure theory.
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For researchers in mechanics.


Book information

  • Published: February 1984
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-025234-6

Table of Contents

Mathematical preliminaries. Markov processes and Markov random fields. General formulation of probabilistic mechanics. Probabilistic mechanics of solids. Probabilistic mechanics of fluids. Bibliography. Subject index.