Open access electronic books, articles, and working papers

KMODDL currently contains fifty digitized full-text works on kinematics and the history and theory of machines. Most are 19th- and early 20th-century books including Reuleaux’s major works, as well as Willis’s Principles of Mechanism (1841), Kennedy’s Mechanics of Machinery (1886), and Durley’s Kinematics of Machines (1907), among many others. Several are much older rare titles from Cornell Library’s History of Science Collection, including Böckler’s Theatrum machinarum novum (1661), Leupold’s Theatrum machinarum generale (1724), and Evans’s Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide (1795).

KMODDL also provides access to a collection of articles and working papers on the history and theory of machines and the pedagogical uses of mechanical models. Most of these materials were produced in connection with the creation of the KMODDL resource. They are housed in the Cornell University Library Technical Reports and Papers repository and are freely available for non-commercial use.

The books and other materials are linked from the pertinent model pages (under “references”). You can also browse the books, articles, and working papers by selecting the “references” link from the right sidebar on the KMODDL homepage, or search by title word, author, or subject.