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The Assassin of Relativity
Thursday, March 31 2005, 4:00 pm, 8417 Social Science
Peter Galison is Mallinckrodt Professor of History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. His main work explores the interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics: experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. His volumes on experiment, How Experiments End (1987), and on instruments, Image and Logic (1997), are to be followed by a final volume – Theory Machines (forthcoming) – that focuses on the ways in which the theory of relativity stood at the crossroads of technology, philosophy, and physics. Professor Galison is also the author or co-author of several other books, including Picturing Science, Producing Art (1998) and The Architecture of Science (2000).