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Cartographies of Time

by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton

In graduate school, I did laser chemistry. The lab was upstairs. The library was on the first floor in the back of the building, down a long corridor lined with organic chemistry labs – mostly R. B. Woodward’s group. I was a bit of a loner, and my experiment at one point had to be run at night, so I didn’t know a lot of these synthons very well.

I distinctly remember wondering, as I walked to the library, what would happen if someone published some really earth-shaking result outside our province of laser photochemistry. Would anyone think to tell me?

That’s how I feel today as I greet Grafton and Rosenberg’s new Cartographies of Time: a history of the timeline. .

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