Publications

2006
Galison, Peter. “Things and Thoughts.” In My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy, edited by John Brockman, 143-150. New York: Pantheon Books, 2006. PDF
2004
Galison, Peter. “Image of Self.” In Things that Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science, edited by Lorraine Daston, 257-296. New York: Zone Books, 2004. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Removing Knowledge.” Critical Inquiry 31 (2004): 229-243. PDF
Galison, Peter. “Specific Theory.” Critical Inquiry 30 (2004): 379-383. PDF
2003
Galison, Peter, and Mario Biagioli, ed. Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Galison, Peter, and Sina Najafi. “The Ontology of the Enemy: An Interview with Peter Galison.” Cabinet, no. 12 (2003). Link to Interview PDF
Galison, Peter. “The Collective Author.” In Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science, edited by Peter Galison and Mario Biagioli, 325-353. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2003. PDF
Einstein's Clock's, Poincaré's Maps
Galison, Peter. Einstein's Clock's, Poincaré's Maps. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.Abstract

A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material" (New York Times).

Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous theoretical breakthrough of relativity. And two giants at the foundations of modern science were converging, step-by-step, on the answer: Albert Einstein, an young, obscure German physicist experimenting with measuring time using telegraph networks and with the coordination of clocks at train stations; and the renowned mathematician Henri Poincaré, president of the French Bureau of Longitude, mapping time coordinates across continents. Each found that to understand the newly global world, he had to determine whether there existed a pure time in which simultaneity was absolute or whether time was relative.

Esteemed historian of science Peter Galison has culled new information from rarely seen photographs, forgotten patents, and unexplored archives to tell the fascinating story of two scientists whose concrete, professional preoccupations engaged them in a silent race toward a theory that would conquer the empire of time. 

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2002
Galison, Peter. “The Sextant Equation: E=mc2.” In It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science, edited by Graham Farmelo, 28-46. New York: Granta Books, 2002. PDF
2001
Galison, Peter, S. Graubard, and E. Mendelsohn, ed. Science in Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (Reprint from Daedalus Winter 1998), 2001.
2000
Galison, Peter, and Alex Roland, ed. Atmospheric Flight in the Twentieth Century. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.
Galison, Peter. “Objectivity is Romantic.” In Humanities and the Sciences, edited by Jerome Friedman, Peter Galison, and Susan Haack, 15-43. ACLS, 2000. PDF
Galison, Peter. Ultimate Weapon, 2000.
1999
Galison, Peter, and E. Thompson, ed. The Architecture of Science. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.
Galison, Peter. “Trading Zone: Coordinating Action and Belief (1998 abridgment).” In The Science Studies Reader, edited by Mario Biagioli, 137-160. Routledge, 1999. PDF
1998
Jones, Caroline, and Peter Galison, ed. Picturing Science, Producing Art. New York: Routledge, 1998.
1997
Galison, Peter. “Material Culture, Theoretical Culture, and Delocalization.” In Science in the Twentieth Century, edited by John Krige and Dominique Pestre, 669-682. Amsterdam: Harwood, 1997. PDF
Image and Logic
Galison, Peter. Image and Logic. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.Abstract

Image and Logic is the most detailed engagement to date with the impact of modern technology on what it means to "do" physics and to be a physicist. At the beginning of this century, physics was usually done by a lone researcher who put together experimental apparatus on a benchtop. Now experiments frequently are larger than a city block, and experimental physicists live very different lives: programming computers, working with industry, coordinating vast teams of scientists and engineers, and playing politics.

Peter L. Galison probes the material culture of experimental microphysics to reveal how the ever-increasing scale and complexity of apparatus have distanced physicists from the very science that drew them into experimenting, and have fragmented microphysics into different technical traditions much as apparatus have fragmented atoms to get at the fundamental building blocks of matter. At the same time, the necessity for teamwork in operating multimillion-dollar machines has created dynamic "trading zones," where instrument makers, theorists, and experimentalists meet, share knowledge, and coordinate the extraordinarily diverse pieces of the culture of modern microphysics: work, machines, evidence, and argument.

Available at: Amazon

1996
Galison, Peter, and D. Stump, ed. The Disunity of Science: Contexts, Boundaries, and Power. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
1995
Galison, Peter. “Theory Bound and Unbound: Superstrings and Experiments.” In Laws of Nature: Essays on the Philosophic, Scientific, and Historical Dimensions, 369-408. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1995. PDF

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