Principles of the Theory of Heat

Historically and Critically Elucidated

  • Authors
  • Ernst Mach
  • Editors
  • Brian McGuinness

Part of the Vienna Circle Collection book series (VICC, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ernst Mach
    Pages 5-6
  3. Ernst Mach
    Pages 67-72
  4. Ernst Mach
    Pages 73-78
  5. Ernst Mach
    Pages 171-181
  6. Ernst Mach
    Pages 182-195
  7. Ernst Mach
    Pages 336-337
  8. Ernst Mach
    Pages 338-349
  9. Ernst Mach
    Pages 359-362
  10. Ernst Mach
    Pages 363-370
  11. Ernst Mach
    Pages 371-377
  12. Ernst Mach
    Pages 378-383
  13. Ernst Mach
    Pages 384-390
  14. Ernst Mach
    Pages 391-397
  15. Ernst Mach
    Pages 402-414
  16. Ernst Mach
    Pages 415-416
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 417-456

About this book


xi should hope for "first and foremost" from any historical investigation, including his own, was that "it may not be too tedious. " II That hope is generally realized in Mach's historical writings, most of which are as lively and interesting now as they were when they appeared. Mach did not follow any existing model of historical or philosophical or scientific exposition, but went at things his own way combining the various approaches as needed to reach the goals he set for himself. When he is at his best we get a sense of the Mach whom William James met on a visit to Prague, the Mach whose four hours of "unforgettable conversation" gave the forty year old, well traveled James the strongest "impression of pure intellectual genius" he had yet received, and whose "absolute simplicity of manner and winningness of smile" captivated him completely. 12 Consider, for example, the first few chapters of this book, Principles of the Theory of Heat, which Mach devotes to the notion of temperature, that most fundamental of all thermal concepts. He begins by trying to trace the path that leads from our sensations of hot and cold to a numerical temperature scale.


adaptation calorimetry chemistry development dynamics energy evolution heat physics radiation temperature thermodynamics

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8554-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4622-4
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