13 April 1915|
|Died||18 December 2010
|Fields||Physics, History of science|
Jammer studied physics, philosophy and history of science, first at the University of Vienna, and then from 1935 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received a PhD in experimental physics in 1942. After serving in the British Army for the rest of the war, Jammer returned to Hebrew University, where he lectured on the history and philosophy of science, before moving in 1952 to Harvard University. He subsequently became a lecturer there and a close colleague of Albert Einstein at Princeton University. He taught at Harvard, the University of Oklahoma, and Boston University, before in 1956 establishing the Department and becoming Professor of Physics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he later also served as President and Rector. He also co-founded the Institute for Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, and has been President of the Association for the Advancement for Science in Israel. He was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, the University of Göttingen, the Institut Henri Poincaré, Columbia University, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C., and other universities in the United States and Canada.
Awards received by Jammer include:
- the 1984 Israel Prize, awarded for history of science;
- the 2003 EMET Prize awarded by the Prime Minister of Israel;
- the 2007 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society;
- the Monograph Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and
- a prize for 'an outstanding book on theology and natural sciences' from the Templeton Foundation.
Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics. Cambridge (Mass): Harvard University Press, 1954; New York: Harper, 1960; 2nd ed: Cambridge: Harvard U.P., 1969; 3rd ed: New York: Dover, 1993. ISBN 0-486-27119-6. (Foreword by Albert Einstein)
Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics. Cambridge (Mass): Harvard U.P., 1957 New York: Harper, 1962 New York: Dover, 1999. ISBN 0-486-40689-X
Concepts of Mass in Classical and Modern Physics. Cambridge (Mass): Harvard U.P., 1961 New York: Harper, 1964 New York: Dover, 1997. ISBN 0-486-29998-8
Concepts of Mass in Contemporary Physics and Philosophy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton U.P., 2000. ISBN 0-691-01017-X
The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966; 2nd ed: New York: American Institute of Physics, 1989. ISBN 0-88318-617-9
The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1974. ISBN 0-471-43958-4
Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., 2006. ISBN 0-8018-8422-5
- "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1984 (in Hebrew)". Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- "2007 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Recipient". Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- Max Jammer, 2007 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Recipient, American Physical Society, Prizes, Awards & Fellowships. APS