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Seeking Simultaneity

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Science  19 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5653, pp. 2072
DOI: 10.1126/science.1089006

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Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps Empires of Time. Peter Galison. Norton, New York, 2003. 389 pp. $23.95, C$36. ISBN 0-393-02001-0. Sceptre, London. £16.99. ISBN 0-340-79447-X.

Rather than another history of relativity, Galison offers an accessible account of the early 20th-century convergence of physics, philosophy, and technology on the meaning of simultaneity.