- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Sceptre (24. Mai 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0340794488
- ISBN-13: 978-0340794487
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,3 x 19,6 cm
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Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Mai 2004
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'Deeply rewarding... Galison's profound scholarship is evident on every page, continually offering fresh insights and perspectives' -- Sunday Telegraph 20030831 'This impressive study is absorbing, original and full of insights into the revolutionaries of time' -- Independent 20030920 'A wonderfully knowledgeable and thoughtful portrait of what really mattered in the forging of a key aspect of the modern world' -- Guardian 20030906
"Einstein's Clocks" is a dramatic account of the quest to synchronize time that culminated in Einstein's revolutionary theory of relativity. As Peter Galison argues, relativity was borne of urgent practical necessity. Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century provided an indispensable real-world background to the theoretical breakthrough. One challenge that engaged the young Albert Einstein was that faced by Europe's burgeoning rail network. Only a century ago, the continent had hundreds of time zones, and no universal system for synchronizing them. Given that local time could vary from town to town, scheduling rail services was hard - but vital, not least to stop trains from colliding as they hurtled in opposite directions along single tracks. In his role as president of the French Bureau of Longitude - a remit of which was to map colonial Africa - Henri Poincare grappled with a similar issue. Synchronized clocks, set by telegraph signal from Paris, were necessary to determine longitude and provide the precise coordinates his cartographers needed.For "Einstein's Clocks", Peter Galison has culled unexplored archives and unearthed forgotten patents to tell the gripping story of these two giants - whose concrete preoccupations engaged them in a silent race towards a theory that overturned 200 years' received thinking. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Sadly, what is admirable regarding his book has been seriously compromised by Galison's maddening redundancy and deluge of verbosity. How many times need he remind us that Poincare was trained at the Ecole Polytechnique and headed the Bureau des Longitudes, or that Einstein was more than just a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office where he received valuable experience regarding clock synchronization?
Though some reviewers found the book overly technical, I would have appreciated more detail in the thoughts and experiments of the two protagonists, as well as more information than was given regarding the contributions and lives of other significant players such as Minkowski, Maxwell, Lorentz and Mach.
While the notes, bibliography, and Galison's insights attest to his dedication and knowledge, the 328 pages of text, for what they contained, could easily have been reduced by 75 to 100 pages, if not more. I can only wonder if the author was simply churning out text to meet the obligations of a book contract. Besides being personally frustrating --because I truly appreciated much of what he presented-- this excess, as I forced myself to read through the final pages, became laughable. Before he publishes his next book, I strongly suggest Gallison take a freshman course in journalism at his university, Harvard, so that he might be more sensitive to the literary advantages of trimming the fat!