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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).

    Articles & Book Chapters:

  3. “Dead and Alive: Micro-Cinematography between Physics and Biology,” Configurations (forthcoming).
  4. “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).
  5. “Recording Devices,” In Blackwell Companion to the History of Science, edited by Bernhard Lightman (John Wiley & Sons, forthcoming 2015).
  6. “Clock Time/ Lived Time” In Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited by Amy Elias and Joel Burges (NYU Press, forthcoming).
  7. “The Media of Relativity: Einstein and Telecommunication Technologies,” Technology and Culture (January 2015).
  8. Operational Art,” In Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (University of Maryland Press: January 2014), pp. 37-54.
  9. “Einstein’s Discourse Networks,” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (May 2015), pp. 11-39.
  10. Harold Edgerton: “Doc” and his Laboratory Notebooks,” Aperture 211 (2013), 72-73.
  11. Cleopatra’s Nose—and the Development of World History,”In Uncomfortable Objects, edited by Mariana Castillo Deball (Berlin: Bom Dia, 2012).
  12. Little Helpers. About Demons, Angels and Other Servants,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 37 (2012). (With Markus Krajewski).
  13. Never and Nowhere,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012).
  14. Niemals und Nirgendwo,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012). German translation.
  15. Nunca y en Ninguna Parte,” in Above and Below, ed. Sharon Harper (Radius Books, Santa Fe: 2012). Spanish translation.
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. A Science of Signals: Einstein, Inertia, and the Postal System,” Thresholds 39 (March 2011), pp. 12-25.
  19. “Desired Machines: Cinema and the World in its Own Image,” Science in Context 24 (2011), pp. 329-359.
  20. “‘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).
  21. Presentación de La Guerra del Tiempo: Einstein, Bergson y Poincaré: Un Debate Científico y Filosófico,” Revista de Occidente (October 2010), pp. 71 – 90.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Sensational Differences: The Case of the Transit of Venus,” Cahiers François Viète 11-12 (2007): 15-40.
  25. 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).
  26. Movement before Cinematography: The High-Speed Qualities of Sentiment,” Journal of Visual Culture 5 (2006): 275-294.
  27. Einstein, Bergson, and the Experiment that Failed: Intellectual Cooperation at the League of Nations,” Modern Language Notes 120 (2005): 1168-1191.
  28. 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.
  29. Photogenic Venus: The ‘Cinematographic Turn’ in Science and its Alternatives,” Isis 93 (2002): 585-613.
  30. Ornamento y Crimen: Tatuajes, Antropología Criminal, y Arquitectura Moderna,” Celeste (2001): 30-32.
  31. 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.
  32. The Single Eye: Reevaluating Ancien Régime Science,” History of Science 39 (2001): 71-94.


  33. 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

  34. Caught in Plain Sight: The Subject in Hiding, Review of Hanna Rose Shell, Hide and Seek,Endeavour 37 (2013).
  35. Review of Loving faster than lightEndeavour 37 (2013).
  36. Review of Roger Hutchins British University Observatories 1772-1932,” Victorian Studies (2010).
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. “Review of Arnaud Maillet, The Claude Glass: Use and Meaning of the Black Mirror in Western Art,” Isis (2006): 149-150.

    Journalistic texts

  40. “Temporal Reordering.” The Wired World in 2015 (2014/2015): 39.
  41. “Living Color: Jimena Canales on the Art of Eliot Porter,” Living Color, vol. 54, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 334-341.
  42.  “Las Ficciones de Einstein,” Investigación y ciencia (Scientifc American, spanish version), no. 453 (June 2014): 50-51.
  43. “Time Table,” The Tick Journal (2012)
  44. “A Tenth of A Second,” The Page 99 Test (2010)
  45. “El Duelo del Tiempo,” Salon Kritik (2010)
  46. “El Duelo del Tiempo,” ABCD: Las Artes y las Letras, Page 1, Page 2, 16 January 2010, No. 932, p. 18-19.
  47. Pieles Criminales,” ABCD: Las Artes y las Letras (13-19 September 2008), pp. 6-7.
  48. “Ornamento y Crimen: Tatuajes, Antropología Criminal, y Arquitectura Moderna,” Celeste (2001): 30-32.


  49.  “A Tenth of a Second” in “The Forum” BBC World Service, 29/08/2010
  50. “El Amor Contemporáneo” Audio podcast Fundación Juan March, Madrid.
  51. The Media of Relativity, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Weimar Germany.

    Exhibit catalogs

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

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