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The influence of elasticity on analysis: The classic heritage

Author: C. Truesdell
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 9 (1983), 293-310
MSC (1980): Primary 73-02; Secondary 15-02, 53-02, 33-02, 33A25, 49-02
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