Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy

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Overview

"Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy addresses an important issue, covering a large swathe of territory and presenting technical results in clear and accessible way. There is no comparable study of mass in the field, and the need for a synoptic review is obvious. Philosophers and historians of science, who often lack the technical expertise to evaluate the work of physicists, will find the book very useful. Physicists, too, will value the book, particularly because it brings together results that are widely dispersed in the literature."—Tim Maudlin, Rutgers University

"Professor Max Jammer's book is a significant and important contribution to the conceptual foundations of physics, especially in the manner in which it explores how the concept of mass occurs in the context of gravitational and space-time theories."—Ronald Anderson, Boston College

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Editorial Reviews

American Scientist
An interesting and stimulating mix of physics and philosophical issues. . .Jammer has produced a fascinating look into the nature of a quantity that most of us take for granted . . . and its also fun to read.
Physics World - Andrew Pinsent
A valuable and badly needed account that manages to be undogmatic, comprehensive and accessible. . . . I can strongly recommend this beautifully written and accessible book.
Physics Today - Jonathan Bain
[Jammer's] contributions to the conceptual foundations of physics have been, and continue to be, both fruitful and enlightening.
"American Scientist ry R. Holstein

An interesting and stimulating mix of physics and philosophical issues. . .Jammer has produced a fascinating look into the nature of a quantity that most of us take for granted . . . and its also fun to read.
From the Publisher
"The book reads likes an engaging, well-planned lecture, with many a historical aside and opinionated excursion."—Publishers Weekly

"A valuable and badly needed account that manages to be undogmatic, comprehensive and accessible. . . . I can strongly recommend this beautifully written and accessible book."—Andrew Pinsent, Physics World

"An interesting and stimulating mix of physics and philosophical issues. . .Jammer has produced a fascinating look into the nature of a quantity that most of us take for granted . . . and its also fun to read."—Barry R. Holstein, American Scientist

"[Jammer's] contributions to the conceptual foundations of physics have been, and continue to be, both fruitful and enlightening."—Jonathan Bain, Physics Today

Physics World
A valuable and badly needed account that manages to be undogmatic, comprehensive and accessible. . . . I can strongly recommend this beautifully written and accessible book.
— Andrew Pinsent
Physics Today
[Jammer's] contributions to the conceptual foundations of physics have been, and continue to be, both fruitful and enlightening.
— Jonathan Bain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691144320
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,090,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Jammer, born in Berlin, Germany, is Research Professor of Physics at Bar-Ilan University, where he was formerly President and Rector. His books, translated into many languages, include "Concepts of Space" (with a foreword by Albert Einstein), "The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics, The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics", and, most recently, "Einstein and Religion" (Princeton). Among the awards he has received are the Israel Prize and the Monograph Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xii
INTRODUCTION 3
CHAPTER 1 Inertial Mass 5
CHAPTER 2 Relativistic Mass 41
CHAPTER 3 The Mass-Energy Relation 62
CHAPTER 4 Gravitational Mass and the Principle of Equivalence 90
CHAPTER 5 The Nature of Mass 143
Index 169

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

    On the Nook, the formulas in the book are too small to read.

    Changing font sizes does not affect the formulas. Not a book you should download. I only downloaded a sample to see it. It looks like a very interesting book. I may buy the paperback. Too bad the Nook can't handle it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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