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Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein s Clocks, Poincar s Maps is part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernityIn Galison s telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and othersGalison has unearthed fascinating material New York TimesClocks 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 Poincar , 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 relativeEsteemed 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


10 thoughts on “Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time

  1. Ari Ari says:

    This book is wrapped around one basic insight, heavily illustrated with anecdotes, stories, and biographical sketches The insight is this the theory of Special Relativity owes a great deal to the practical technical challenges of turn of the century Europe This claim is


  2. Max Max says:

    A revealing picture of why the young seem to come out with the great new ideas Contrasting a young Einstein to an established Poincare, Galison shows how the accumulated knowledge of the latter kept him from appreciating the full significance of special relativity as envi


  3. Usman Baig Usman Baig says:

    Exemplary in terms of the detail and the focus the book has on the establishment of time synchronisation and the question of simultaneity that plagued the brilliant minds of Poincare, Einstein and many others in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Through the explo


  4. Kadri Kadri says:

    This book presents ideas on simultaneity and what kind of importance it had has in physics, philosophy and everyday life It was interesting to read about time standardization and how Poincar tried to get to time decimalization.


  5. Becca Becca says:

    So I started reading this book because I thought it was going to be about the development of the theory of relativity And it was, tangentially When I realized that it was actually mostly about coordinating clocks and the author s deep, abiding love for Henri Poincare, I was


  6. Cropredy Cropredy says:

    This book is part metaphysical musing on time and part historical account of actions taken to standardize time in the late nineteenth century The author presumes the reader is deeply familiar with Poincar s papers on time and as such, I got lost quickly Put the book aside bef


  7. Peter Corrigan Peter Corrigan says:

    Time, Time, Time Gets me thinking about the old Chambers Brother Song Time has Come Today Anyway this strange book about time had some good moments although poorly organized, erratic and seemed almost in search of a reason to be written Part biography, part history, part scien


  8. Ian Durham Ian Durham says:

    I wasn t sure where this book was going for awhile, but it came together in the end It is a bit of an odd connection Poincar and Einstein , but it worked in the end The focus is on clock synchronization which isn t all that obvious at first But it comes together What I found pa


  9. Kate Kate says:

    Galison corners time from every angle I learned how time was first synchronized across towns and continents, which spilled into international politics and religion and astronomy, and how Einstein and Poincar and Lorentz and others conceptualized time in the most abstract ways, w


  10. Robert III Robert III says:

    As an engineer and research scientist I found this book extremely interesting It does a good job explains the complex theories of Einstein and Poincare and how history links them together.


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