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Authors: Scalera, G. 
Editors: Scalera, Giancarlo 
Boschi, Enzo 
Cwojdzinski, Stefan 
Title: If Space is Material, What Inertia Should Be? - Rediscovering a Dismissed Awareness of Ernst Mach
Publisher: Aracne Editrice, Roma
Issue Date: Dec-2012
ISBN: 978-88-548-5693-6
Keywords: Mach Principle
Inertia conceptions
Fluid dynamics
Subject Classification05. General::05.03. Educational, History of Science, Public Issues::05.03.99. General or miscellaneous 
Abstract: The ”Mach’s Principle” has beenconsidered for more than a century as the highest expression of the philosophical rationality of the western world, but it is possible to proof that it is built on a unstable ground and with uncomplete assumptions. With a great intellectual honesty, Ernst Mach showed in his works some awareness of the incompleteness of his reasoning about inertia. Moreover the Mach Principle is often misinterpreted by scientific community with an illegitimate extrapolation of the Mach words.
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