Mach's Principle: And the Origin of Inertia

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A.Mach's Principle: And the ... Textbook R. Roy, M. Sachs
Type: eBook
Released: 2003
Publisher: Apeiron
Page Count: 145
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0973291109
ISBN-13: 9780973291100
Proceedings of the international workshop on Mach's Principle and the Origin of Inertia, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, Feb. 6-8, 2002. Ernst Mach’s non-atomistic model of matter and the associated interpretation of inertial mass (the "Mach principle") influenced the holistic approach embodied in the continuous field concept of the theory of general relativity as a general theory of matter. The articles in these Proceedings demonstrate Mach’s influence on contemporary thinking.We see here the views of an international group of scholars on the impact of the Mach principle in physics and astrophysics. The ideas presented here will inspire research in physics for many generations to come. About the Author Mendel Sachs is presently Professor of Physics Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a professor of physics from 1966 to 1997. Earlier positions were at Boston University,McGill University and the University of California Radiation Laboratory. Prof. Sachs earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at University of California, Los Angeles, in 1954. His main interests and publications during his professional career have been on foundational problems in theoretical physics (mainly general relativity and particle physics) and the philosophy of physics. A strong early influence came from the writings of Ernst Mach. The main theme of Mendel Sachs’s research has been a generalization of the works of Albert Einstein as a future course of physics, from the domain of micromatter to cosmology. Professor Sachs has authored ten books. Two monographs that highlight details of his research are General Relativity and Matter (Reidel, 1982) and Quantum ! Mechanics from General Relativity (Reidel, 1986). A.R. Roy is presently a professor of Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He joined the Institute as a Faculty member in 1976, after obtaining a Ph.D. degree from the Institute in 1973, spending a couple of years as a post-doctoral fellow. He became a professor in 1996. His initial research interest and publications have been on exact solutions in Einstein theory and other alternate theories of Gravitation. He has also worked in the area of theoretical relativistic cosmology. His main interest has been in developing singularity-free cosmological models by considering the presence of various matter fields viz., scalar (meson) fields, viscous fluids, etc. in the cosmic matter along with other viable assumptions on the background metric. Professor Roy has guided several research scholars in their Ph.D. programs, and has more than 40 research publications in major international journals in the area of GRT and Cosmology. He is associated with sever! al research journals. His current interests and publications have been on applications of Soft Set Theory in Decision-Making Problems.

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