Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (K-MODDL)
K-MODDL will be fully functional in summer 2004 and an in-progress site will be online by summer 2003. Meanwhile, contact information and updates on the K-MODDL project are available at the site address.
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
Envisioned as the largest digital educational resource in the world, this open public network spans science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this comprehensive, easy-to-use library builds our national body of knowledge and shares it among learners and researchers inside and outside of academic communities.
Cornell University Library
Cornell University Library is one of the largest academic research libraries in the United States and a leading force worldwide in the development of sustainable digital libraries. Cornell's History of Science Collection holds contains valuable early editions relating to 19th-century machine design and kinematics written by Reuleaux and others. A selection of these will be digitized for inclusion in the K-MODDL collection.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), "A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections"
This is a key document in the digital library discussion. Its treatment of such issues as usability, interoperability, and digital preservation and archiving makes it an important point of reference for the development of the K-MODDL collection. IMLS is a federal funding agency that supports innovation in U.S. museums and libraries.
David Henderson, "Mathematical Aspects of the Peaucellier-Lipkin Linkage"
This learning module, a prototype of the sort of curricular materials that the K-MODDL project will develop in collaboration with teachers, is currently in use in an upper-division undergraduate mathematics course taught by Henderson at Cornell. Henderson is a Professor of Mathematics and a member of the K-MODDL team.
Hod Lipson, "Peaucellier's Straight-Line Mechanism"
This page features video of the Peaucellier mechanism and provides a downloadable simulator that allows users to manipulate a computer model of the mechanism.
Hod Lipson, "The Slider-Crank Mechanism"
Hod Lipson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computing and Information Science at Cornell and member of the K-MODDL team, has assembled materials in innovative formats pertaining to the slider crank mechanism. This page contains animated CAD (computer-aided design) images of Reuleaux’s slider crank model as well as a downloadable file that "prints" a working physical replica of the model in a 3-D printer.
Francis C. Moon, "Franz Reuleaux: Contributions to 19th C. Kinematics and Theory of Machines."
This article surveys late 19th-century kinematics and the theory of machines, focusing on the contributions of the German engineering scientist, Franz Reuleaux and using Reuleaux's kinematic models as a tool to rediscover lost engineering and kinematic knowledge. In addition to Reuleaux's contributions to kinematics, this piece reviews his ideas concerning design synthesis, optimization and aesthetics in design, and engineering education, as well as his early contributions to biomechanics.
Daina Taimina, "Franz Reuleaux and Kinematic Models"
A list of related links.
David W. Henderson's bio page
Professor Henderson's departmental bio page includes links to his books, papers, and courses.
Hod Lipson's bio page
Hod Lipson's bio page contains details about his current research, as well as links to many of his projects and publications.
Francis C. Moon's bio page
Francis Moon's departmental page contains bio and contact information and an overview of his research and publications.
John M. Saylor's bio page
John Saylor's bio page contains contact information and links to his recent publications.
Daina Taimina's bio page
Daina Taimina's home page includes her CV and an extensive collection of links pertaining to the history of mathematics.