Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter from Greek Atoms to Quantum Fields

Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter from Greek Atoms to Quantum Fields BOOK REVIEWS The downloaded PDF for any Review in this section contains all the Reviews in this section. Craig F. Bohren, Editor Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802; mailing address: P.O. Box 887, Boalsburg, PA 16827; bohren@meteo.psu.edu Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter from Greek paraphrases Newton: “So, an object has a certain intrin- Atoms to Quantum Fields. Jim Baggott. 362 pp. sic mass—the ‘quantity of matter’ in it—which is related Oxford U.P., New York, 2017. Price: $27.95 to its density and volume…” Replacing the word “mass” (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-19-875971-3. (Eugene Hecht, by the words “quantity of matter” without defining the Reviewer.) latter, was forgivable when Newton did it, but it’s less so more than three centuries later when Baggott does it; especially considering that we now know that a cannon- A book titled “MASS” promises all sorts of conceptual ball when hot has more mass than when cold. If quan- delights, and so I came to this work with great expecta- tity of matter is the amount of stuff, as my students tions. The concept of mass, though central to most, if not would assert, how could mass increase with internal all of physics, is exquisitely subtle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Physics American Association of Physics Teachers

Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter from Greek Atoms to Quantum Fields

American Journal of Physics , Volume 86 (3): 3 – Mar 7, 2018

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BOOK REVIEWS The downloaded PDF for any Review in this section contains all the Reviews in this section. Craig F. Bohren, Editor Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802; mailing address: P.O. Box 887, Boalsburg, PA 16827; bohren@meteo.psu.edu Mass: The Quest to Understand Matter from Greek paraphrases Newton: “So, an object has a certain intrin- Atoms to Quantum Fields. Jim Baggott. 362 pp. sic mass—the ‘quantity of matter’ in it—which is related Oxford U.P., New York, 2017. Price: $27.95 to its density and volume…” Replacing the word “mass” (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-19-875971-3. (Eugene Hecht, by the words “quantity of matter” without defining the Reviewer.) latter, was forgivable when Newton did it, but it’s less so more than three centuries later when Baggott does it; especially considering that we now know that a cannon- A book titled “MASS” promises all sorts of conceptual ball when hot has more mass than when cold. If quan- delights, and so I came to this work with great expecta- tity of matter is the amount of stuff, as my students tions. The concept of mass, though central to most, if not would assert, how could mass increase with internal all of physics, is exquisitely subtle

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