Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics

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Courier Corporation, 1997 - Science - 230 pages
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Prize-winning exposition of the historical development of the concept of mass analyzes such topics as the ancient concept of mass, the neoplatonic concept of inertia, conceptualization of inertial mass, modern concept of mass, mass and energy, concept of mass in quantum mechanics and field theory, and much more. 1964 edition.
  

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Contents

THE ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MASS
1
OF MASS?
16
THE NEOPLATONIC CONCEPT OF INERTIA
30
THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF INERTIAL MASS
49
PHILOSOPHICAL MODIFICATIONS OF THE NEWTONIAN
75
THE CONCEPT OF MASS IN AXIOMATIZED
119
THE ELECTROMAGNETIC CONCEPT OF MASS
136
THE RELATIVISTIC CONCEPT OF MASS
154
MASS AND ENERGY
172
THE CONCEPT OF MASS IN QUANTUM MECHANICS
191
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About the author (1997)

Max Jammer is Professor of Physics Emeritus and former Rector at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of a number of treatises on the foundations of physics, including "Concepts of Space," which contains a preface by Albert Einstein, and "The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics," which was read in draft by Paul Dirac and Werner Heisenberg. For his publications, most of which have been translated into several languages, Jammer has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious Monograph Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In writing "Einstein and Religion," Jammer used as his sources the Einstein Archive at the National and University Library in Jerusalem and the library of the Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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