Soil Mechanics

Time to end Scholasticism in Soil Mechanics. : #1 “Hyperplasticity”

Posted in Scholasticism by Paul Joseph on April 7, 2016

500 years after Galileo, Newton, and Bacon, one would think that Aristotelian scholasticism is dead.

Not so apparently in soil mechanics, where some academics still don’t seem to “get” this basic/fundamental concept.

It is time to put an end to this.  To this end, see below my review of two recent books on  “hyperplasticity.”

Fingers crossed, but the “Leibnizian pigsty style of trade school heuristics” soil mechanics pioneered by MIT seems to be a thing of the past.  Now its time to take aim at scholasticism in soil mechanics. Towards ending this scholasticism, I plan to subject any future book I encounter in like vein, to the same, standard, 500 year old test–one that school children (at least in the US) are well aware of–that of empirical evidence.

Comments are welcomed.

1) http://www.amazon.com/Constitutive-Modelling-Geomechanics-Alexander-Puzrin/dp/3642273947/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437136072&sr=1-1
2) http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Hyperplasticity-Approach-Plasticity-Thermodynamic/dp/184628239X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437136122&sr=1-2

For background information on this please read the following:
1) http://www.soilmechanics.us/dssm/soil-mechanics/appendix-3-deconstructing-elasto-plastic-cssm-models/
2) http://www.soilmechanics.us/dssm/soil-mechanics/chapter-9-conclusion/ and
3) https://soilmechanics.wordpress.com/

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  1. […] This is my second post on the subject of scholasticism in soil mechanics–unfortunately, scholasticism remains alive and well in soil mechanics.  Even 500 years after Galileo, Newton, and Bacon, some researchers/academics in soil mechanics still do not seem to “get” this basic/fundamental concept. It is high time that we put an end to scholasticism in soil mechanics, it is high time we raise the bar in terms of rigor of research in soil mechanics. (My first post on the subject of scholasticism is here.) […]


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