Louis Poinsot

1777 - 1859

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Louis Poinsot was the inventor of geometrical mechanics, investigating how a system of forces acting on a rigid body could be resolved into a single force and a couple.
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List of References (2 books/articles)

A Quotation

A Poster of Louis Poinsot

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  1. A comment from Thomas Hirst's diary

Honours awarded to Louis Poinsot
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Fellow of the Royal Society1858
Lunar featuresCrater Poinsot
Paris street namesRue Poinsot (14th Arrondissement)
Commemorated on the Eiffel Tower


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