Introduction.- Analysis of Planar Linkages.- Graphical Synthesis in the Plane.- Planar Kinematics.- Algebraic Synthesis of Planar.- Multiloop Planar Linkages.- Analysis of Spherical Linkages.- Spherical Kinematics.- Algebraic Synthesis of Spherical Chains.- Multiloop Spherical.- Analysis of Spatial Chains.- Spatial Kinematics.- Algebraic Synthesis of Spatial.- Synthesis of Spatial Chains with Reachable Surface.- Clifford Algebra Synthesis of Spatial Chains.- Platform Manipulators.- References.
J. Michael McCarthy is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Irvine.
From the reviews of the second edition:"...I found the author had provided an excellent text that enabled me to come to terms with the subject. Readers with an interest in the area will find the volume rewarding." -The Mathematical Gazette (2001)"The book to review is the most extensive source of the synthesis side, containing all the theoretical basics needed for the design of planar, spherical and spatial linkages. ... this book is a real guide from the very beginnings of synthesis of simple mechanisms to the latest, theoretically involved results in the synthesis of multi-loop planar, spherical and spatial linkages." (Manfred Husty, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1227, 2012)