Jammer, Max

Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics

  • Second printing of this important text in the history of physics, with a foreword by Albert Einstein. Author Max Jammer was an Israeli physicist and philosopher of science who lectured for a period at Harvard and became close friends with Albert Einstein. This book was the first to grapple with the ways that space has been conceptualised by different cultures and thinkers, from the classical era through the Middle Ages and Enlightenment to modern science. Einstein, who knew that understanding and critiquing received concepts was central to scientific advancement, took a keen interest in Jammer's work and provided a five-page introduction to this book.
  • Foreword by Albert Einstein. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1957. Octavo. Original patterned boards with green cloth backstrip, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Corners of boards bumped, but overall a fresh copy in the lightly rubbed and toned jacket with some creasing at the corners. Very good condition.

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