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Ernst MacH - A Deeper Look : Documents and New Perspectives (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol 143) by John Blackmore (Editor)

Ernst Mach - A Deeper Look : Documents and New Perspectives by John Blackmore (Editor)

Ernst Mach 1838 - 1916

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Ernst Mach Biography

From Belgrade's Institute of Physics


Austrian physicist and philosopher who established important principles of optics, mechanics, and wave dynamics and who supported the view that all knowledge is a conceptual organization of the data of sensory experience (or observation).

Mach was educated at home until the age of 14, then went briefly to gymnasium (high school) before entering the University of Vienna at 17. He received his doctorate in physics in 1860 and taught mechanics and physics in Vienna until 1864, when he became professor of mathematics at the University of Graz. Mach's interests had already begun to turn to the psychology and physiology of sensation, although he continued to identify himself as a physicist and to conduct physical research throughout his career. During the 1860s he discovered the physiological phenomenon that has come to be called Mach's bands, the tendency of the human eye to see bright or dark bands near the boundaries between areas of sharply differing illumination....


Ernst Mach Biography

From the University of Texas Journal of Heat Transfer.


Working as both an Austrian physicist and philosopher, Ernst Mach's work had a great influence on 20th-century thought, both in physics and in philosophy. He was born on February 18, 1838, at Turas in Moravia and educated in Wien. He was a Professor of Physics at Graz from 1864 -1867, at Prague from 1867-1895, and Professor of Inductive Philosophy at Wien from 1895-1901. He was made a member of the Austrian House of Peers in 1901 and died at Munchen on February 19, 1916.

Mach was a thorough-going positivist and took the view, which most scientists now share, that no statement is admissible in natural science unless it is empirically verifiable....


Ernst Mach Biography

From the Cosmic Information Center.


Mach was the first person to realize that if matter traveling through the air moved faster than the speed of sound it drastically altered the quality of the space in which it moved. Mach gave his name to the Mach Number, which expresses the speed of matter relative to the speed of sound at a certain temperature. When supersonic planes travel today, their speed is measured in terms that keep Mach's name alive....


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