Najstarszy polskojęzyczny traktat o ruchu pojazdów kołowych z 1769 roku autorstwa Christopha Friedricha Pfleiderera
The oldest Polish-language treatise on the traffic of wheeled vehicles – of 1769 by Christoph Friedrich Pfleiderer
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Prussian oficer Antoni Leopold Oelsnitz was employed in the Warsaw Knightly School in 1767. At that time he started to work on a treatise on military transportation issues and the topic he was not able to handle was physical laws applied to wheeled vehicles (wagons). He therefore asked his friend – mathematician working in the Knightly School, Christoph Friedrich Pfleiderer, to write a paper on this subject. Pfleiderer undertook this task and finished it in 1769. It was mainly a compilation of physical knowledge which he obtained from English, French and German studies. It also contained fragments of his own calculations and theses. The work consisted of four parts: 1) On the shape and size of wheels and axles; 2) On the shape of vehicle, method of construction and distribution of load; 3) On the gradient of straps connecting the horse with the wagon; 4) On the ratio of force to weight and the speed of rotation. The treatise was originally written in German (this version did not survive) and then it was translated by cadets into French and Polish. This last version constitutes the basis for source edition.
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