Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time / Edition 1

Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time / Edition 1

by Peter Galison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393020010

ISBN-13: 9780393020014

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393020014
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Ch. 1Synchrony13
Einstein's Times14
A Critical Opalescence26
Order of Argument41
Ch. 2Coal, Chaos, and Convention48
Coal54
Chaos62
Convention76
Ch. 3The Electric Worldmap84
Standards of Space and Time84
Times, Trains, and Telegraphs98
Marketing Time107
Measuring Society113
Time into Space128
Battle over Neutrality144
Ch. 4Poincare's Maps156
Time, Reason, Nation156
Decimalizing Time162
Of Time and Maps174
Mission to Quito191
Etherial Time198
A Triple Conjunction211
Ch. 5Einstein's Clocks221
Materializing Time221
Theory-Machines227
Patent Truths243
Clocks First263
Radio Eiffel271
Ch. 6The Place of Time294
Without Mechanics294
Two Modernisms303
Looking Up, Looking Down322
Notes329
Bibliography355
Index371

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