Max Jammer (born Moshe Jammer,[1] German: [ˈjamɐ]; April 13, 1915 – December 18, 2010), was an Israeli physicist and philosopher of physics. He was born in Berlin, Germany.

Max Jammer
Born(1915-04-13)13 April 1915
Died18 December 2010(2010-12-18) (aged 95)
Alma materUniversity of Vienna
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
AwardsIsrael Prize (1984)
EMET Prize (2003)
Abraham Pais Prize (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, 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:

Selected publicationsEdit

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[4] 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
Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-691-10297-X
Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., 2006. ISBN 0-8018-8422-5

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Late Prof. Moshe Jammer"
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1984 (in Hebrew)". Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  3. ^ "2007 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Recipient". Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  4. ^ Pilar, Frank L. (May 1967). "Review of The conceptual development of quantum mechanics by Max Jammer". J. Chem. Educ. 44 (5): 308. Bibcode:1967JChEd..44..308P. doi:10.1021/ed044p308.1.

External linksEdit

  • Max Jammer, 2007 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Recipient, American Physical Society, Prizes, Awards & Fellowships. APS