Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time by Peter Galison | 9780393326048 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time

Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time

by Peter Galison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393326047

ISBN-13: 9780393326048

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"More than a history of science; it is a tour de force in the genre."—New York Times Book Review
A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of

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"More than a history of science; it is a tour de force in the genre."—New York Times Book Review
A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material" (New York Times).
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, an 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 Poincaré, 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.
Esteemed 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393326048
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
369,402
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

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

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