Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
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Mach and Science Teaching

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_543


 Enlightenment;  History and philosophy of science

Ernst Mach (1838–1916) was a major contributor to the European Enlightenment tradition, and one of the great philosopher-scientists of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He had immediate and continuing influence in European and more generally international physics, philosophy, biology, physiology, psychology, economics, sociology, and much else, including mathematics, art and literature (Blackmore 1972; Blackmore et al. 2001; Bradley 1971; Cohen and Seeger 1970). The first of Mach’s five hundred publications – a paper on “electrical discharge and induction,” the subject of his physics PhD – appeared in 1859, the year of Darwin’s The Origin of Species. His many papers and books appeared up to and after his death in 1916, the publication year of Einstein’s Relativity: The Special and General Theory.Among his last papers was a 1918 study on “Some Sketches in Comparative Animal and Human Psychology.” Mach was a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia