Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics

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Courier Corporation, 1997 - Science - 230 pages
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This book presents a prize-winning exposition of the historical development of the concept of mass rigorously, concisely, and provocatively analyzes such topics as the ancient concept of mass, the neoplatonic concept of inertia, the conceptualization of inertial mass, the modern concept of mass, mass and energy, the concept of mass in quantum mechanics and field theory, and more.
 

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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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