The Physicist And The Philosopher

The Physicist and the Philosopher
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Category Philosophy
Total Pages 488
ISBN 9780691173177
Rating 3.5/5 from 3 reviews
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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.

The Physicist and the Philosopher
  • Author : Jimena Canales
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04

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

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The Physicist and the Philosopher
  • Author : Jimena Canales
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-06-09

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

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The Physicist and the Philosopher
  • Author : Jimena Canales
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-05-25

""The Physicist and the Philosopher" explores the nature of time, the meaning of relativity, and the place of philosophical thought in a scientific age. Canales aims to reposition Einstein's work in a field of disputation and give Bergson back the significance he had in his contemporaries' minds."--Cathryn Carson, University

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Revival  Philosophy and the Physicists  1937
  • Author : Lizzie Susan Stebbing
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08

This book is written by a philosopher for other philosophers and for that section of the reading public who buy in large quantities and, no doubt, devour with great earnestness the popular books written by scientists for their enlightenment. We common readers, to adapt a phrase from Samuel Johnson, are

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Ernst Mach  Physicist and Philosopher
  • Author : Robert S. Cohen,Raymond J. Seeger
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-03-09

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., 27 December 1966, a symposium was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernst Mach, the physicist who was vitally concerned about philosophical foundations. It was arranged by Section B on Physics,

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Physics and Philosophy
  • Author : H. Margenau
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06

This book is intended for people interested in physics and its philosophy. for those who regard physics as an essential component of modern culture rather than merely a tool for industry or war. Indeed this volume is addressed to those students, teachers and research workers who enjoy learning, teaching or

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Physics and Philosophy
  • Author : Werner Heisenberg
  • Publisher : Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
  • Release Date : 2000

Heisenberg explains the central ideas of the quantum revolution, and his uncertainty principle. He reveals how words can lose their meaning in the world of relativity and quantum physics, with philosophical implications for the nature of reality.

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Physics and Philosophy
  • Author : Werner Heisenberg
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • Release Date : 2007-05-08

Presents German physicist Werner Heisenberg's 1958 text in which he discusses the philosophical implications and social consequences of quantum mechanics and other physical theories.

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Heinrich Hertz  Classical Physicist  Modern Philosopher
  • Author : D. Baird,R.I. Hughes,A. Nordmann
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-03-14

The sub-title of this symposium is accurate and, in a curious way, promises more than it states: Classical Physicist, Modem Philosopher. Heinrich Hertz, as the con summate experimentalist of 19th century technique and as brilliant clarifying critic of physical theory of his time, achieved one of the fulfilments but at

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Grete Hermann   Between Physics and Philosophy
  • Author : Elise Crull,Guido Bacciagaluppi
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-09-30

Grete Hermann (1901-1984) was a pupil of mathematical physicist Emmy Noether, follower and co-worker of neo-Kantian philosopher Leonard Nelson, and an important intellectual figure in post-war German social democracy. She is best known for her work on the philosophy of modern physics in the 1930s, some of which emerged from

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Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics
  • Author : Jan Faye,Henry Folse
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-10-19

Niels Bohr and Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives examines the philosophical views, influences and legacy of the Nobel Prize physicist and philosophical spokesman of the quantum revolution, Niels Bohr. The sixteen contributions in this collection by some of the best contemporary philosophers and physicists writing on Bohr's philosophy today

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Writings on Physics and Philosophy
  • Author : Wolfgang Pauli
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-04-17

Like Bohr, Einstein and Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli was not only a Nobel laureate and one of the creators of modern physics, but also an eminent philosopher of modern science. This is the first book in English to include all his famous articles on physics and epistemology. They were actually translated

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The Young Derrida and French Philosophy  1945   1968
  • Author : Edward Baring
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-13

In this powerful study Edward Baring sheds fresh light on Jacques Derrida, one of the most influential yet controversial intellectuals of the twentieth century. Reading Derrida from a historical perspective and drawing on new archival sources, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy shows how Derrida's thought arose in the closely

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A Universe from Nothing
  • Author : Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-01-10

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” One of

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Einstein
  • Author : Thomas Ryckman
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-05-18

Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was the most influential physicist of the 20th century. Less well known is that fundamental philosophical problems, such as concept formation, the role of epistemology in developing and explaining the character of physical theories, and the debate between positivism and realism, played a central role in his thought

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