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written by Max Jammer
published by the Princeton University Press
This book reviews the concept of mass as it is defined, interpreted, and applied in contemporary physics and critically examined in the modern philosophy of science. It focuses on theories proposed after the mid-1950s, covering recent experimental and theoretical investigations into the nature of mass and its role in modern physics.

The book begins with the difficulties of defining inertial mass in a non-circular manner and discusses the question of whether mass is an observational or a theoretical concept. It then studies the notion of mass in special relativity and gives a critical analysis of the different derivations of the famous mass-energy relationship E = mc2 and its conflicting interpretations. The book concludes with a presentation of recently proposed global and local dynamical theories of the origin and nature of mass.
Pages 176
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
= Measuring Inertia
General Physics
- History
- Philosophy
- Properties of Matter
Relativity
- Special Relativity
= Relativistic Kinematics
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M. Jammer, Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009), pp. 176, <http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6885.html>.
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Jammer, M. (2009). Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (pp. 176). Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6885.html
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Jammer, Max. Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. 176. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6885.html (accessed 18 April 2014).
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Jammer, Max. Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. 176. 1 Jan. 2009. 18 Apr. 2014 <http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6885.html>.
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