The ambition to think on the scale of thousands, millions, even billion of years emerged in the 19th century. Historian and author Caroline Winterer: https://history.stanford.edu/people/caroline-winterer chronicles how the concept of “deep time” has inspired and puzzled thinkers in cognitive science, art, geology (and elsewhere) to become one of the most influential ideas of the modern era.
Caroline Winterer: https://history.stanford.edu/people/caroline-winterer is Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She is an American historian, with special expertise in American thought and culture. Her most recent book is “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason”. Other books include “The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900”, and “The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910”. She has received fellowships from among others the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center. Her writing appears in numerous publications and academic journals. For mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin she received an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution.
“The Art and Science of Deep Time:
Conceiving the Inconceivable in the 19th Century” was given on September 04, 02018 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time. To follow the talks, you can:
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