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

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

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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
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The explosive debate that transformed our views about time and scientific truth 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 is a magisterial and revealing account that shows 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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115
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non fiction
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  • Einstein, Albert
  • Bergson, Henri
  • Time
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Physicists
  • Philosophers
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales, (electronic resource)
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9781400865772
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The physicist & the philosopher : Einstein, Bergson, and the debate that changed our understanding of time, Jimena Canales, (electronic resource)
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9781400865772
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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