Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time / Edition 1by Peter Galison
Pub. Date: 08/25/2003
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous theoretical breakthrough of relativity. And two giants at the foundations of modern science were converging, step by step, on the answer: Albert Einstein, a young, obscure German physicist experimenting with… See more details below
Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous theoretical breakthrough of relativity. And two giants at the foundations of modern science were converging, step by step, on the answer: Albert Einstein, a young, obscure German physicist experimenting with measuring time using telegraph networks and with the coordination of clocks at train stations; and the renowned mathematician Henri Poincare, president of the French Bureau of Longitude, mapping time coordinates across continents. Each found that to understand the newly global world, he had to determine whether there existed a pure time in which simultaneity was absolute or whether time was relative.
The historian of science Peter Galison has culled new information from rarely seen photographs, forgotten patents, and unexplored archives to tell the fascinating story of two scientists whose concrete, professional preoccupations engaged them in a silent race toward a theory that would conquer the empire of time.
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Table of Contents
|A Critical Opalescence||26|
|Order of Argument||41|
|Ch. 2||Coal, Chaos, and Convention||48|
|Ch. 3||The Electric Worldmap||84|
|Standards of Space and Time||84|
|Times, Trains, and Telegraphs||98|
|Time into Space||128|
|Battle over Neutrality||144|
|Ch. 4||Poincare's Maps||156|
|Time, Reason, Nation||156|
|Of Time and Maps||174|
|Mission to Quito||191|
|A Triple Conjunction||211|
|Ch. 5||Einstein's Clocks||221|
|Ch. 6||The Place of Time||294|
|Looking Up, Looking Down||322|
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