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On April 6, 1922, in Paris, Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson publicly debated the nature of time. Einstein considered Bergsons 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 Einsteins 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.

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Jimena Canales

Acclaimed novelist John Banville reviews for London Review of Books:http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n14/john-banville/what-do-clocks-have-to-do-with-itVoted Top Science Books for 2015:http://press.princeton.edu/best2015.htmlhttps://www.brainpickings.org/2015/12/09/the-physicist-and-the-philosopher-einstein-bergson-jimena-canales/http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-best-science-books-of-2015/http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/irish-writers-pick-their-top-reads-of-2015-34308841.htmlenjoy!Jimena

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