Ten fun facts about Ernst Mach


Fact 1
He was noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves.

Fact 2
As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism, American pragmatism, and through his criticism of Newton, a forerunner of Einstein's relativity.

Fact 3
Up to the age of 14, Mach received his education at home from his parents.


Fact 4
In 1864 he took a job as Professor of Mathematics in Graz, having turned down the position of a chair in surgery at the University of Salzburg to do so, and in 1866 he was appointed as Professor of Physics.

Fact 5
Mach also became well known for his philosophy developed in close interplay with his science.

Fact 6
Mach's main contribution to physics involved his description and photographs of spark shock-waves and then ballistic shock-waves.

Fact 7
One of the best-known of Mach's ideas is the so-called "Mach principle," concerning the physical origin of inertia.

Fact 8
Mach's positivism also influenced many Russian Marxists, such as Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928).

Fact 9
Most of Mach's initial studies in the field of experimental physics concentrated on the interference, diffraction, polarization and refraction of light in different media under external influences.

Fact 10
From 1895 to 1901, Mach held a newly created chair for "the history and philosophy of the inductive sciences" at the University of Vienna.


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