Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Between 1933 and 1935, Max studied Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics at the University of Vienna.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
In 1935, Jammer entered the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Experimental Physics in 1942.
(This book is a critical analysis, based on a broad physic...)
This book is a critical analysis, based on a broad physical, historical and philosophical study of how empirical phenomena led to the renunciation of classical physics and how experimental research, combined with mathematical thought and philosophical speculation, opened an entirely novel perspective.
(This is a seminal work by one of the foremost philosopher...)
This is a seminal work by one of the foremost philosophers of science, cited by just about every serious thinker, who has explored the foundations of quantum mechanics.
(The philosophy of religion and the quest for spiritual tr...)
The philosophy of religion and the quest for spiritual truth preoccupied Albert Einstein so much, that it has been said "one might suspect he was a disguised theologian". Nevertheless, the literature on the life and work of Einstein, extensive as it is, does not provide an adequate account of his religious conception and sentiments. Only fragmentarily known, Einstein's ideas about religion have been often distorted both by atheists and by religious groups eager to claim him as one of their own. But what exactly was Einstein's religious credo? In this fascinating book, the distinguished physicist and philosopher Max Jammer offers an unbiased and well-documented answer to this question. The original version of this book, "Einstein und die Religion", was published in 1995.
(The concept of mass is one of the most fundamental notion...)
The concept of mass is one of the most fundamental notions in physics, comparable in importance only to those of space and time. But in contrast to the latter, which are the subject of innumerable physical and philosophical studies, the concept of mass has been, but rarely investigated. Here, Max Jammer, a leading philosopher and historian of physics, provides a concise, but comprehensive, coherent and self-contained study of the concept of mass as it is defined, interpreted and applied in contemporary physics and as it is critically examined in the modern philosophy of science. With its focus on theories, proposed after the mid-1950's, the book is the first of its kind, covering the most recent experimental and theoretical investigations into the nature of mass and its role in modern physics, from the realm of elementary particles to the cosmology of galaxies.
(Max Jammer's "Concepts of Simultaneity" presents a compre...)
Max Jammer's "Concepts of Simultaneity" presents a comprehensive, accessible account of the historical development of an important and controversial concept, which played a critical role in initiating modern theoretical physics, from the days of Egyptian hieroglyphs through to Einstein's work in 1905, and beyond.
Max received his elementary and secondary education in Berlin, where he was born. Between 1933 and 1935, Max studied Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics at the University of Vienna. Then, in 1935, he entered the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Experimental Physics in 1942.
During World War II, Max served in the British Army. Later, during Israel's War of Independence, he was a member of Haganah's intelligence unit and was wounded during the battle for Jerusalem. Some time later, Jammer began lecturing on the History and Philosophy of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before moving in 1952 to Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a Lecturer in Physics. He remained at Harvard University until 1953, when he was appointed an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. In 1954, Max left the educational establishment. It's also worth mentioning, that, it was during those years, that Jammer got closer to Albert Einstein.
In 1956, Max came back to Israel, where, the same year, he established the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan and was made a Professor of Physics there the same year. In 1962, Max was appointed Rector of Bar-Ilan University, and in 1967, he was appointed President of the university.
During his career, Jammer taught at other universities, including Princeton University and Boston University, and served as a Visiting Professor at several educational institutions in Europe, the United States and Canada, including Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the University of Göttingen, the Henri Poincaré Institute and Columbia University.
In addition, Max co-founded the Institute for Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, and held the post of President of the Association for the Advancement of Science in Israel. Moreover, Jammer served as a member of many key advisory committees to the Israel government on science and higher education.
As for Max's research, he examined the History and Philosophy of Science in the classical world, the Middle Ages and the modern era. The history and philosophy of quantum mechanics was of particular interest to him. After his retirement from an academic career, Max continued his studies of the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, the true nature of mass (inertia) and analysis of Einstein's philosophy of religion.
Jammer authored a number of writings, including "Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics" (1954), "Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics" (1957), "Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics" (1961), "The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics" (1966), "The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective" (1974), "Einstein and Religion" (1999), "Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy" (1999) and "Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond" (2006).
(Max Jammer's "Concepts of Simultaneity" presents a compre...)2006
(This book is a critical analysis, based on a broad physic...)1966
(The philosophy of religion and the quest for spiritual tr...)1999
(This is a seminal work by one of the foremost philosopher...)1974
(The concept of mass is one of the most fundamental notion...)1999
Max was a member of the International Academy of the History of Science and New York Academy of Sciences.
In 1950, Max married Rachel (Rakover) Jammer, a government official. Their marriage produced two children - Shlomit Adler Jammer and Michael Jammer.