Publications

2014
Galison, Peter. “"The Future of Scenarios: State Science Fiction".” In The Subject of Rosi Braidotti : Politics and Concepts, edited by Bolette Blaagaard and Iris van der Tuin, 38-46. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Interview with B.R. Cohen.” Public Culture 26, no. 1 (2014): 79-100. PDF
2013
Galison, Peter. “Everything is a Target: An Interview with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi.” The New Inquiry 23 (2013): 7-20.
2012
Koerner, Margaret K.Death, Time, Soup: A Conversation with William Kentridge and Peter Galison.” New York Review of Books (2012).
Galison, Peter. “Blacked-out Spaces: Freud, Censorship, and the Re-territorialization of the Mind.” British Journal for the History of Science 45 (2012): 235-266. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Structure of Crystal, Bucket of Dust.” In Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative, edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur, 52-78. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. PDF
2011
Galison, Peter. “Computer Simulations and the Trading Zone.” In From Science to Computational Science, edited by Gabriele Gramelsberger, 118-157. Zürich: Diaphanes, 2011. PDF
Kruse, Jamie, and Peter Galison. “Waste-Wilderness: A Conversation with Peter L. Galison.” Friends of the Pleistocene, 2011.
Galison, Peter. “Scientific Cultures.” In Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith, and Matthew Norton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. PDF
Galison, Peter. “The Theater of Forgetting.” Cabinet 42 (2011): 78-79. PDF
2010
Galison, Peter. “Underground Future.” In Ecological Urbanism, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty, 304-305. Lars Müller Publishers, 2010. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Secrecy in Three Acts.” Social Research 77 (2010): 941-974. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Trading with the Enemy.” In Trading Zones and International Expertise: Creating New Kinds of Collaboration, edited by Michael E. Gorman, 25-52. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2010. PDF
What Have We Learned about Limiting Knowledge in a Democracy:A Conversation with Victor S. Navasky, Peter Galison, Naomi Oreskes, Anthony D. Romero, and Aryeh Neier.” Social Research 77 (2010): 1013-1048. PDF
2008
Galison, Peter. “The Discovery of the Muon and the Failed Revolution Against Quantum Electrodynamics.” Centaurus 50 (2008): 105-159. PDF
Galison, Peter, and Lorraine Daston. “Scientific Coordination as Ethos and Epistemology.” In Instruments in Art and Science: On the Architectonics of Cultural Boundaries, edited by Helmar Schramm, Ludger Schwarte, and Jan Lazardzig, 296-333. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.
Galison, Peter. “Ten Problems in History and Philosophy of Science.” Isis 99 (2008): 111-124. PDF
Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture
Galison, Peter, Gerald Holton, and Silvan S. Schweber, ed. Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.Abstract

More than fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein's vital engagement with the world continues to inspire others, spurring conversations, projects, and research, in the sciences as well as the humanities. Einstein for the 21st Century shows us why he remains a figure of fascination.

In this wide-ranging collection, eminent artists, historians, scientists, and social scientists describe Einstein's influence on their work, and consider his relevance for the future. Scientists discuss how Einstein's vision continues to motivate them, whether in their quest for a fundamental description of nature or in their investigations in chaos theory; art scholars and artists explore his ties to modern aesthetics; a music historian probes Einstein's musical tastes and relates them to his outlook in science; historians explore the interconnections between Einstein's politics, physics, and philosophy; and other contributors examine his impact on the innovations of our time. Uniquely cross-disciplinary, Einstein for the 21st Century serves as a testament to his legacy and speaks to everyone with an interest in his work.

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Galison, Peter, and Robb Moss. Secrecy, 2008.
2007
Objectivity
Galison, Peter, and Lorraine Daston. Objectivity. New York: Zone Books, 2007.Abstract

Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences — and show how the concept differs from alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images.

From the eighteenth through the early twenty-first centuries, the images that reveal the deepest commitments of the empirical sciences — from anatomy to crystallography — are those featured in scientific atlases: the compendia that teach practitioners of a discipline what is worth looking at and how to look at it. Atlas images define the working objects of the sciences of the eye: snowflakes, galaxies, skeletons, even elementary particles. Galison and Daston use atlas images to uncover a hidden history of scientific objectivity and its rivals. Whether an atlas maker idealizes an image to capture the essentials in the name of truth-to-nature or refuses to erase even the most incidental detail in the name of objectivity or highlights patterns in the name of trained judgment is a decision enforced by an ethos as well as by an epistemology.

As Daston and Galison argue, atlases shape the subjects as well as the objects of science. To pursue objectivity — or truth-to-nature or trained judgment — is simultaneously to cultivate a distinctive scientific self wherein knowing and knower converge. Moreover, the very point at which they visibly converge is in the very act of seeing not as a separate individual but as a member of a particular scientific community. Embedded in the atlas image, therefore, are the traces of consequential choices about knowledge, persona, and collective sight. Objectivity is a book addressed to any one interested in the elusive and crucial notion of objectivity — and in what it means to peer into the world scientifically.

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