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Einstein vs Bergson, Science vs Philosophy and the Meaning of Time

Posted on 06/28/2015 3:47:07 AM PDT by lbryce

When Henri met Albert the stars didn’t quite align; nor did their clocks. Jimena Canales, historian of science, tells Joe Gelonesi about her discovery of an explosive 20th century debate that changed our view of time and destroyed a reputation.

Physicists and philosophers have a curious relationship. They both need each other for the cosmic dance, but one partner sometimes refuses to join in. Star physicist Stephen Hawking even declared the end of philosophy in 2011.

In some ways the pronouncement was to be expected; physics triumphalism dictates that at some point philosophy will exhaust itself and be unable to solve the mysteries

that science seems to conquer in leaps. It’s been coming for a while; at least since the word science replaced natural philosophy a few centuries ago.

Along this narrative are high points of confrontation, played out by grand actors on the intellectual stage. Jimena Canales has rediscovered one such moment, which pitted a grandee of philosophy against a rising star of physics.

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If I had the opportunity to pick a stellar, fundamental subject, discussion of our time between the universally acknowledged,quintessential genius/experts in their respective fields, I would find it very difficult to choose one as perfectly matched, appropriate to the objective sought, as this particular article attempts to fulfill.

1 posted on 06/28/2015 3:47:07 AM PDT by lbryce

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