5R23. Introduction to Contact Mechanics. Mechanical Engineering Series. - AC Fischer-Cripps (CSIRO, Bradfield Rd, W Linfield, Lindfield NSW, 2070, Australia). Springer-Verlag, New York. 2000. 243 pp. ISBN 0-387-98914-5. $79.95.

Reviewed by KL Johnson (Dept of Eng, Univ of Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK).

Contact Mechanics—the quantitative study of the stresses and deformation at the contact of solid bodies—is a wide and growing area of the Applied Mechanics of Solids, so that it is perhaps surprising that there are so few textbooks in the field. The subject can be thought to have begun with Hertz’s classic paper: “On the contact of elastic solids” in 1882. Hertz’s theory was extended in the first half of the 20th century by applied mathematicians mainly in Germany and Russia, driven by technological developments in the railway, ball bearing, and toothed gear industries. It...

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