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The Resource The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales

The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales

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The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time
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The physicist & the philosopher
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Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time
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Jimena Canales
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Physicist and the philosopher
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eng
Summary
On April 6, 1922, in Paris, Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time. Einstein considered Bergson's theory of time to be a soft, psychological notion, irreconcilable with the quantitative realities of physics. Bergson, who gained fame as a philosopher by arguing that time should not be understood exclusively through the lens of science, criticized Einstein's theory of time for being a metaphysics grafted on to science, one that ignored the intuitive aspects of time. The Physicist and the Philosopher tells the remarkable story of how this explosive debate transformed our understanding of time and drove a rift between science and the humanities that persists today. Jimena Canales introduces readers to the revolutionary ideas of Einstein and Bergson, describes how they dramatically collided in Paris, and traces how this clash of worldviews reverberated across the twentieth century. She shows how it provoked responses from figures such as Bertrand Russell and Martin Heidegger, and carried repercussions for American pragmatism, logical positivism, phenomenology, and quantum mechanics. Canales explains how the new technologies of the period - such as wristwatches, radio, and film - helped to shape people's conceptions of time and further polarized the public debate. She also discusses how Bergson and Einstein, toward the end of their lives, each reflected on his rival's legacy - Bergson during the Nazi occupation of Paris and Einstein in the context of the first hydrogen bomb explosion. The Physicist and the Philosopher reveals how scientific truth was placed on trial in a divided century marked by a new sense of time.--
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Canales, Jimena
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non fiction
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  • Einstein, Albert
  • Bergson, Henri
  • Time
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Physicists
  • Philosophers
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The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-449) and index
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Contents
Untimely -- "More Einsteinian than Einstein" -- Science or philosophy? -- The twin paradox -- Bergson's achilles' heel -- Worth mentioning? -- Bergson writes to Lorentz -- Bergson meets Michelson -- The debate spreads -- Back from Paris -- Two months later -- Logical positivism -- The immediate aftermath -- An imaginary dialog -- "Full-blooded" time -- The previous spring -- The church -- The end of universal time -- Quantum mechanics -- Things -- Clocks and wristwatches -- Telegraph, telephone, and radio -- Atoms and molecules -- Einstein's films: reversible -- Bergson's movies: out-of-control -- Microbes and ghosts -- One new point: recording devices -- Bergson's last comments -- Einstein's last thoughts
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FIEb17784918
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 479 pages
Isbn
9780691165349
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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(OCoLC)902936702
Label
The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-449) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Untimely -- "More Einsteinian than Einstein" -- Science or philosophy? -- The twin paradox -- Bergson's achilles' heel -- Worth mentioning? -- Bergson writes to Lorentz -- Bergson meets Michelson -- The debate spreads -- Back from Paris -- Two months later -- Logical positivism -- The immediate aftermath -- An imaginary dialog -- "Full-blooded" time -- The previous spring -- The church -- The end of universal time -- Quantum mechanics -- Things -- Clocks and wristwatches -- Telegraph, telephone, and radio -- Atoms and molecules -- Einstein's films: reversible -- Bergson's movies: out-of-control -- Microbes and ghosts -- One new point: recording devices -- Bergson's last comments -- Einstein's last thoughts
Control code
FIEb17784918
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 479 pages
Isbn
9780691165349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)902936702

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