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Temesgen Markos's picture

This month's issue of SIAM news had a beautiful story of how one hard problem in mathematics was solved in less than six weeks using online collaboration. SIAM's story is not online yet, but here is another link to the same story .   SIAM news refers to a "super-mathematician" coming out of several individual mathematician spread all over the world.

I was just wondering if a similar thing is possible in applied mechanics. imechania seems ideally suited for that. 


Mike Ciavarella's picture

This sounds like the famous Hadamard conjectures of 1900's conference in Paris.

Make at least 1, and we go on.

For me, one start of course is the NAE, but these are quite complex.

Another in general is whether in US people are pushing too much into nano and bio, forgetting old problems, and viceversa, in Europe.  Also, what is India and China (more in general, BRIC) countries doing?  What are their top priorities -- related to mechanics of course?

In other words, in fact, what we could do is the WORLD MECHANICAL CHALLENGES project, to select 10 problems to be solved.



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Mechanics (Greek Μηχανική)
is the branch of physics concerned with the behaviour of physical
when subjected to forces or displacements, and the subsequent
effect of the bodies on their environment. The discipline has its roots
in several ancient civilizations (see History of classical mechanics
and Timeline of classical mechanics).
During the early modern period, scientists such as Galileo, Kepler, and especially Newton,
laid the foundation for what is now known as classical mechanics.

The system of study of mechanics is shown in the table below:

Branches of mechanics


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Please give us some feedback... now that we're curious!


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I think I have posted more than 2 years ago some PROPOSALS FOR IMECHANICA

 My idea at that time, sligthly improved today (of course all this corresponds to some degree of gentlmen agreement about not spoiling copyrigth and exclusive): but most of the papers today are not Nobel prize winners, so who cares?!!

a) post draft papers in imechanica, not like
e-Print archive
which incidentally has been a huge success, but with the option for  anyone to make comments, and if these are good, improve the paper, and add authors in the final submission

b) research proposals. How much would be gained
if people were better in writing proposals, and could explore their
ideas discussing it with top people? I think they explored this for
proposals in EU, and they got reasonably good feedback, as people want
to improve their papers before final submission.

c) if a particular paper or just "idea" seems successful, should a "wiki" session start within Imechanica?   If god papers emerge, let
imechanica administrator submit the paper to Editors of journals
automatically with the authors list defined by the people who
contributed to the discussion?


Some practical ideas to start with


1) We have noticed that Zhigang Suo has excellent lectures on imechanica, on fracture.  There have been some comments, including a long debate with me on Fatigue.  Why not set up a commettee, and write a wiki book

2) there have been many journal themes, none of these have produced any good idea, a single paper, even just a review?  Perhaps time to look back and make again a wiki-based team of discussion

3) we could search into imechanica at this point for good ideas hidden somewhere.


Just few thoughts.

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