In The Late Fifteenth Century, Clocks Acquired Minute Hands A Century Later, Second Hands Appeared But It Wasn T Until The 1850s That Instruments Could Recognize A Tenth Of A Second, And, Once They Did, The Impact On Modern Science And Society Was Profound Revealing The History Behind This Infinitesimal Interval, A Tenth Of A Second Sheds New Light On Modernity And Illuminates The Work Of Important Thinkers Of The Last Two Centuries.Tracing Debates About The Nature Of Time, Causality, And Free Will, As Well As The Introduction Of Modern Technologies Telegraphy, Photography, Cinematography Jimena Canales Locates The Reverberations Of This Perceptual Moment Throughout Culture Once Scientists Associated The Tenth Of A Second With The Speed Of Thought, They Developed Reaction Time Experiments With Lasting Implications For Experimental Psychology, Physiology, And Optics Astronomers And Physicists Struggled To Control The Profound Consequences Of Results That Were A Tenth Of A Second Off And References To The Interval Were Part Of A General Inquiry Into Time, Consciousness, And Sensory Experience That Involved Rethinking The Contributions Of Descartes And Kant.Considering Its Impact On Much Longer Time Periods And Featuring Appearances By Henri Bergson, Walter Benjamin, And Albert Einstein, Among Others, A Tenth Of A Second Is Ultimately An Important Contribution To History And A Novel Perspective On Modernity. A tenth of a second took longer than a tenth of a second to read, though each letter or word in some cases might have taken that long to perceive For a revised dissertation I think , she has definitely looked at and mentioned every French text from the latter half of the 19th century with regards to observation or, most interestingly, the personal equation While 20th century science has tried to rid itself entirely of personality or a range of ways of perceiving things, it hasn t always been this way The two things that made this book most interesting to me were the discussion of implications for modernity which were not developed enough and the relationship of Bergson to Einstein on time and relativity Canales claims at the beginning of this book that she has two main concerns one practical that relates the scientific and the technological, such as the speed of thought or a cinematographic instant The second concern was broadly philosophical references to this short period of time were part of a general inquiry into time, temporal development, and sensory experience By extending these investigations, we can begin to use the tenth of a second as a way to rethink much longer historical periods 2 As I was pulled into this book, the photographs of Eadward Muybridge on the cover in which the illusion of movement appears smoothly pointed to the simplicity of how an illusion or a reality , or even death itself, psychologically, physiologically, or physically
From the history of science, tracing the effect the sudden ability to measure in tenths of a second had on neurology and physiology, physics and astronomy, photography and cinematography and eventually relativity. Dry, academic, and interesting take on the debate and philosophical scientific psychical implications of the tenth of a second from the mid 19th into the early 20th century.
- 288 pages
- A Tenth of a Second
- Jimena Canales
- 24 March 2018 Jimena Canales