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Einstein's clocks and Poincaré's maps : empires of time

Author: Peter Galison
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company, [2003]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Einstein; Henri Poincaré; Albert Einstein; Henri Poincaré; Albert Einstein; Henri Poincaré
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Galison
ISBN: 0393020010 9780393020014 0393326047 9780393326048
OCLC Number: 51177432
Description: 389 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Synchrony --
Coal and chaos --
The electric worldmap --
Poincaré's maps --
Einstein's clocks --
The place of time.
Responsibility: by Peter Galison.
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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 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 was relative. The 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. -- from back cover.

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