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“Canales gives a convincing argument that the changes in technology, science, and philosophy between the 19th century and the present can be understood by examining how small time intervals are understood. . . . This is an interesting, entertaining, and well-written book.”

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“The book is an extraordinary example of multidisciplinary inquiry. . . . What is more, it is wonderfully composed and delightfully illustrated. . . . Canales should be congratulated for rescuing a tenth of a second from basketball arenas and racetracks; she has shown that its scholarly significance is quite simply astonishing.”—Technology and Culture

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“In this lucid and innovative book, Jimena Canales has crafted an extraordinary account of the broad cultural impact of new models of measurement and temporality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her exemplary transdisciplinary work will be indispensable for any historical studies of the modernization of perception and cognition.”

(Jonathan Crary, Columbia University)

“Although time is indefinitely divisible in theory, in practice it is not, as this book illustrates beautifully. The tenth of the second is a threshold on which physiology, physics, and philosophy stumble. In refereeing the dispute between Bergson and Einstein, Jimena Canales shows the fecundity of this other dimension of time, that of the new history of science that physicists as well as philosophers tend so easily to forget.”

(Bruno Latour, Institut d'études politiques de Paris)

About the Author

Jimena Canales is associate professor of the history of science at Harvard University.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226093182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226093185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Fascinating little book. Just watched for the second and third times the PBS documentary on CERN's discovery of the Higgs particle and the measurement of GeV (whatever that is). Reading The Physicist and The Philospoher now. I never realized there was so much debate between philosophers and scientists over time and relativity. The conferences and debates over climate change may be similar. I had read of Bergson's influence on literature but did not understand how until reading Ms. Canales latest book.
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