Ernst Mach’s „Bekehrung“ zum Atomismus / Ernst Mach’s “Conversion” to Atomism – A Dialogue Between Mach and Popper-Lynkeus

  • Otto BlühEmail author
Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 22)


Otto Blüh was a great admirer of Ernst Mach’s and contributed a number of papers to Machian scholarship. It is believed that he wrote this skit around 1966, perhaps to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mach’s death and most likely for Blüh’s own amusement, as it was never published. It consists of an imaginary conversation in pseudo-Viennese dialect, between Mach and his friend, Josef Popper-Lynkeus based on the questionable tale of Mach’s conversion to atomism. This paper includes a brief introduction to the skit as well as its transcription and translation into English, published for the first time. It was also dramatized for the first time in occasion of the Ernst Mach Centenary Conference (Vienna 2016).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dep. Física Aplicada y ElectromagnetismoUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain

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