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  • Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous critic

    A 1922 clash between Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson, both celebrated thinkers of the early 20th century, caused a split between science and the humanities that has never healed, says science historian Jimena Canales, in a new book.

    A 1922 clash between Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson, both celebrated thinkers of the early 20th century, caused a split between science and the humanities that has never healed, says science historian Jimena Canales, in a new book.

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  • Editor's notes: To reach Jimena Canales, call 217-333-1155 (history dept.); email jcanales@illinois.edu. Her book, “The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time,” will be published in June by Princeton University Press. Her previous book, “A Tenth of a Second,” also dealt with the nature and measurement of time.