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Ernst Mach

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[Revised entry by Paul Pojman on March 3, 2019. Changes to: Bibliography] Ernst Mach (February 18, 1838 - February 19, 1916) made major contributions to physics, philosophy, and physiological psychology. In physics, the speed of sound bears his name, as he was the first to systematically study super-sonic motion. He also made important contributions to understanding the Doppler effect. His critique of Newtonian ideas of absolute space and time were an inspiration to the young Einstein, who credited Mach as being the...

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