Time: Physics, Film, History with Peter Galison

18 Apr 2024
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Music Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz

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Non-CSTMS Event

Peter Galison
Professor History of Science & Physics, Harvard University

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Henri Poincaré’s and Albert Einstein’s reformulation of simultaneity was long seen as a development from imaginative thought experiments. But the all-too-material and the most abstract notions of time cross in essential ways (Swiss Patent Office, Paris Bureau of Longitude). Galison explores this intersection in collaboration with the artist William Kentridge (The Refusal of Time, 2012), pushing history, physics, and philosophy into a more associative-imaginative register. From there, Galison turns to the 10,000 year struggle to contain radioactive materials—a duration twice recorded in human history—and finally to the time of black holes, and the image of the photon ring.

Peter Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University. He currently directs the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard, a leading center for interdisciplinary research on blackholes. His books include How Experiments End; Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics; Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps; and, with Lorraine Daston, Objectivity. His latest feature film is Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know.

For more information on this event visit UC Santa Cruz Retiree & Emeriti Center. For more information on Peter Galison, please visit the UC Santa Cruz NEWSCENTER.

Sponsors | The Nauenberg History of Science Lecture is presented by the UC Santa Cruz Emeriti Association and co-sponsored by Crown College, Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), the Arts Research Institute, the History Department and others. The lecture series honors Michael Nauenberg (1934–2019), a founding faculty member in the Physics Department at UCSC, who strongly believed in supporting scholarship connecting the sciences with the humanities.

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This event is sponsored by: Arts Research Institute • Crown College • Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics • UC Santa Cruz Emeriti Association • UC Santa Cruz History Department

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