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Das Dynamit einer Zehntelsekunde: Walter Benjamin und die Wissenschaftsgesichte

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  1. The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015).
  2. A Tenth of a Second: A History (Chicago: Chicago University Press, hardcover 2009, kindle, paperback).

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Academic Articles & Book Chapters:

  1. “Das Dynamit einer Zehntelsekunde: Walter Benjamin und die Wissenschaftsgesichte,’ Experiment: Naturwissenschaft und Technik bei Walter Benjamin, ed. Kyung-Ho Cha (Turia und Kant: Vienna, 2017), pp. 203-223.
  2. “Mosaic: The First Point-and-Click Internet Browser” in The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation, ed. Frederick E. Hoxie (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2017).
  3. “Einstein’s Bergson Problem,” in Cosmological and Psychological Time, ed. By Yuval Dolev and Michael Roubach, Boston Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 285 (2016): 53-69.
  4. Dead and Alive: Micro-Cinematography between Physics and Biology,Configurations 23 (Spring 2015): 235-251.
  5. “The Bare Life of Film: From Film in the Era of Life to Life in the Era of Film,” Le Cinéma de Bergson (Presses du Réel, forthcoming).
  6. Recording Devices,” In Blackwell Companion to the History of Science, edited by Bernhard Lightman (John Wiley & Sons, 2016), 500-514.
  7. Clock/Lived” In Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited by Amy Elias and Joel Burges (NYU Press, 2016), 113-128.
  8. The Media of Relativity: Einstein and Telecommunications Technologies,”  Technology and Culture 56 (July 2015): 610-645.
  9. “Einstein’s Discourse Networks,” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (May 2015), pp. 11-39.
  10. Little Helpers. About Demons, Angels and Other Servants,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 37 (2012). (With Markus Krajewski).
  11. Of Twins and Time,” In Neutrality in Twentieth-Century Europe: Intersections of Science, Culture and Politics after the First World War, Lettevall, Somsen, Widmalm eds. (Routledge Press:  2011).
  12. A Science of Signals: Einstein, Inertia, and the Postal System,” Thresholds 39 (March 2011), pp. 12-25.
  13. “Desired Machines: Cinema and the World in its Own Image,” Science in Context 24 (2011), pp. 329-359.
  14. “‘A Number of Scenes in a Badly Cut Film’: Observation in the Age of Strobe.” In Histories of Scientific Observation, ed. Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck (University of Chicago Press, 2011).
  15. Presentación de La Guerra del Tiempo: Einstein, Bergson y Poincaré: Un Debate Científico y Filosófico,” Revista de Occidente (October 2010), pp. 71 – 90.
  16. Die Geschwindigkeit des Empfindens: Philosophie im Zeitalter der Bewegungstechnologien.” In Parasiten und Sirenen, ed. By Bernhard J. Dotzler and Henning Schmidgen (Transcript: Bielefeld, 2008), pp. 83-106.
  17. Sensational Differences: The Case of the Transit of Venus,” Cahiers François Viète 11-12 (2007): 15-40.
  18. Contacto Celestial: Un Instante en la Ciencia,” In Variedad Sin Límites: Las Representaciones en la Ciencia, edited by Edna Suárez Díaz, (México: UNAM and Limusa).
  19. Movement before Cinematography: The High-Speed Qualities of Sentiment,” Journal of Visual Culture 5 (2006): 275-294.
  20. Einstein, Bergson, and the Experiment that Failed: Intellectual Cooperation at the League of Nations,” Modern Language Notes 120 (2005): 1168-1191.
  21. Criminal Skins: Tattoos and Modern Architecture in the work of Adolf Loos,” Architectural History: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain 48 (2005): 235-256.
  22. Photogenic Venus: The ‘Cinematographic Turn’ in Science and its Alternatives,” Isis 93 (2002): 585-613.
  23. Exit the Frog, Enter the Human: Astronomy, Physiology and Experimental Psychology in the Nineteenth Century,” British Journal for the History of Science 34 (2001): 173-197.
  24. The Single Eye: Reevaluating Ancien Régime Science,” History of Science 39 (2001): 71-94.

Journalistic texts

  1. Apunta y dispara,” Letras Libres (Febrero 2017), pp. 39-42.
  2. Einstein en la cocinaLetras Libres (May 2016), pp. 42-46.
  3. This Philosopher Helped Ensure There Was No Nobel for Relativity,Nautilus, Issue 035, 21 April 2016.
  4. Einstein contra Bergson,Letras Libres (December 2015), pp. 40-43.
  5. Albert Einstein’s Sci-Fi Stories: Time travel, relativity, and the lessons of transplanetary love,” The New Yorker (online version, 20 November 2015).
  6. “The Vision + Value Series,” in Redux: Rediscovered Books and Writing, Aperture 221, pp. 23-24.
  7. “Temporal Reordering.” The Wired World in 2015 (2014/2015): 39.
  8. “Living Color: Jimena Canales on the Art of Eliot Porter,” ArtForum, vol. 54, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 334-341.
  9. Harold Edgerton: “Doc” and his Laboratory Notebooks,” Aperture 211 (2013), 72-73.
  10.  “Las Ficciones de Einstein,” Investigación y ciencia (Scientifc American, spanish version), no. 453 (June 2014): 50-51.
  11. “A Tenth of A Second,” The Page 99 Test (2010)
  12. “El Duelo del Tiempo,” Salon Kritik (2010)
  13. El Duelo del Tiempo,” ABCD: Las Artes y las Letras, 16 January 2010, No. 932, p. 18-19.
  14. Pieles Criminales,” ABCD: Las Artes y las Letras (13-19 September 2008), pp. 6-7.
  15. “Ornamento y Crimen: Tatuajes, Antropología Criminal, y Arquitectura Moderna,” Celeste (2001): 30-32.

Creative Non-fiction

  1. “Distance Unknown,” In Ivana Franke: Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown, ed. Heike Catherina Mertens and Katja Naie, (Schering Stiftung, Berlin: 2018), pp. 57-70.
  2. “Drones Like Us: Experiments in Decentered Subjectivity,” In Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others, ed. by Julius von Bismarck, Julian Charrière, Eric Elingsen (Lars Müller: Zürich, 2016).
  3. “Recto Verso,” “Time Shape,” “Breath,” In Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. Animal That Doesn’t Exist (Bom Dia: Berlin, 2015), n.p.
  4. Operational Art,” In Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (University of Maryland Press: January 2014), pp. 37-54.
  5. Cleopatra’s Nose—and the Development of World History,”In Uncomfortable Objects, edited by Mariana Castillo Deball (Berlin: Bom Dia, 2012).
  6. Never and Nowhere,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012).
  7. Niemals und Nirgendwo,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012). German translation.
  8. Nunca y en Ninguna Parte,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012). Spanish translation.
  9. Flash Force: A Visual History of Might, Right and Light,” Seeing With Eyes Closed, ed. Elena Agudio and Ivana Franke (Fibo Druck und Design, Munich: 2011), pp. 34-41.


Einstein Bergson: Dialog in Found Footage,” 10 min Film. (Script by Jimena Canales, film by Jeremy Blatter, original music by William Sammons) Shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (June 2010).

Book reviews

  1. Caught in Plain Sight: The Subject in Hiding, Review of Hanna Rose Shell, Hide and Seek,Endeavour 37 (2013).
  2. Review of Loving faster than lightEndeavour 37 (2013).
  3. Review of Roger Hutchins British University Observatories 1772-1932,” Victorian Studies (2010).
  4. Review of Chris Otter, The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light and Vision in Britain, 1800–1910,” British Journal for the History of Science 42 (June 2009), pp. 305-306
  5. Review of Françoise Launay’s Un Globe-Trotter de la Physique Céleste: L’Astronome Jules Janssen,” Journal for the History of Astronomy 40 (2009), pp. 233-235
  6. “Review of Arnaud Maillet, The Claude Glass: Use and Meaning of the Black Mirror in Western Art,” Isis (2006): 149-150.


  1. “Battle of the Time Lords,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation RadioNetwork. Interview with Joe Gelonesi.
  2.  “A Tenth of a Second” in “The Forum” BBC World Service, 29/08/2010
  3. “El Amor Contemporáneo” Audio podcast Fundación Juan March, Madrid.
  4. The Media of Relativity, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Weimar Germany.

Exhibit catalogs

  1. Putting Facts in their Proper Place,” In The Matter of Fact 2.0 (Exhibition Catalog, Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 2009).
  2. Introduction.” In The Matter of Fact (Exhibition Catalog Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 2008), pp. 2-3.
  3. Cultures of Astronomy,” In Time, Life and Matter (Exhibition Catalog Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 2007, p. 7.

Conference Proceedings

Einstein, Bergson, and the Experiment that Failed: Intellectual Cooperation at the League of Nations,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, ed. by Michal Kokowski (The Press of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007), 723-724.

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