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

 
 
 
 
Einstein's Clocks and Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time
Author: Peter Galison
ISBN 13: 9780393326048
ISBN 10: 393326047
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2004-09-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $19.95
 
 

"More than a history of science; it is a tour de force in the genre."—New York Times Book Review

The New York Times

Galison demonstrates convincingly and in riveting detail how that ''opalescent'' question of 1900, standard time and precise longitudes, was the reference frame for both Poincare and Einstein. His book is more than a history of science; it is a tour de force in the genre -- science writing -- that [Poincare's] Science and Hypothesis helped invent. With polymathic zest, Galison explains the century-old but still confusing special theory of relativity through the cultural history of technology. Technology's history has long been a royal road to ''hard'' science for the nonmathematical reader; but readers of Galison will be persuaded that both Einstein and Poincare arrived at their deconstruction of 19th-century physics by following that same road. — William R. Everdell