CHF 2014: Journeys
Peter Galison: From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time
Baskes Lecture in History
Harvard University historian of science and Festival
favorite Peter Galison returns once again. Building on his
groundbreaking work in Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps,
which charts the cultural implications of the quest for
“pure time,” his most recent endeavor is his collaboration
with renowned visual artist William Kentridge. Using their
installation The Refusal of Time as a springboard, Galison
revisits his work’s key issues, from the social history of
nuclear power to the historical meanings of time.
This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear
contribution to the Chicago Humanities Festival by Julie and
Roger Baskes and is presented in partnership with the History
of Science Society as its inaugural public event honoring the
memory of Elizabeth Paris.
Image by Annie Dipert
Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. His main work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics—experimentation, instrumentation, and theory.
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