Mathematician:Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach

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Physicist and philosopher of the Austrian empire.

Noted for his study of shock waves.

Major influence on logical positivism and American pragmatism.

Through his criticism of Isaac Newton, a forerunner of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity.


Czech (at the time part of the Austrian Empire)


  • Born: February 18, 1838 in Brno, Moravia, Austrian Empire (now Czechia)
  • Died: February 19, 1916 in Munich, German Empire

Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach can be found here.


  • 1883: The Science of Mechanics
  • 1897: The Analysis of Sensations

Notable Quotes

Strange as it may sound, the power of mathematics rests on its evasion of all unnecessary thought and on its wonderful saving of mental operations.
-- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say