Jimena Canales

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Jimena Canales
Born Jimena Canales
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Writer
Notable works A Tenth of a Second: A History and The Physicist and The Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time

Jimena Canales is a Mexican-American historian of science and author with a background in physics and engineering.


Jimena Canales is the author of the award-winning The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time (2015)[1] and A Tenth of a Second: A History (2009) [2] as well as numerous articles on the history of modernity; specializing in art, science and technology (appearing in Artforum, Aperture, WIRED, The New Yorker,[3] The Atlantic,[4] NPR,[5] among others). Canales obtained a B.S. in engineering physics at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 1995, a master's degree in History of Science at the Harvard University and a PhD in History Science at the same university in 2003. In 2004 she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University and in 2013 she was promoted to associate professor.[6] In 2012 she was senior fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie and in the summer she worked as a visiting professor at the Summer School for Media Studies at Princeton University in the German department.[7] In 2013 she was awarded the title "Thomas M.Siebel Chair in the History of Science" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[8]

Jimena Canales has collaborated with the philosopher Bruno Latour, the artist Olafur Eliasson and the cosmologist Lee Smolin.[9]

Her presentations on art and science has been featured at the Centre Georges Pompidou,[10] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA),[11] the 11th Shanghai Biennale[12] and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA).[13]



  • The Guardian's Top 10 Books About Time[16]
  • Books of the Year 2016[17]
  • 25 Top Intellectuals[18]
  • Best Science Books for 2015[19]
  • Independent’s Top Reads of 2015[20]
  • Science Friday’s Best Science Books of 2015[21]
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Award from the American Council of Learned Societies[22]
  • University of Chicago Press Bevington Prize (2008)[23]
  • Prize for Young Scholars (2005), awarded by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, History of Science [24]

Books and Selected Articles[edit]


  1. ^ The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time, Princeton 2015 [1]
  2. ^ A Tenth of a Second: A History, U. of Chicago Press 2009
  3. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/albert-einsteins-sci-fi-stories
  4. ^ https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/atom-bomb-pr/523413/
  5. ^ https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/01/09/575072389/siri-cortana-and-alexa-carry-the-marks-of-their-human-makers, https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/01/15/575072170/darwin-s-shopping-list, https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/03/13/593140019/an-ode-to-insignificance-buttons-touchscreens-and-other-dangerous-technologies
  6. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/5/12/history-of-science-reinvents-tutorials-the/. http://www.thecrimson.com/column/bargain-hunting-fall-2010/article/2010/9/5/class-science-title-professors/. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/11/2/music-sound-timbre-sheldon/
  7. ^ http://www.ikkm-weimar.de/en/fellows/former-fellows/jimena-canales/. http://german.princeton.edu/ssms/academic-staff-2/academic-staff-2012/jimena-canales/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2017-01-15. . http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141030006706/en/Siebel-Chair-History-Science-Illinois-Named#.VQ4gSMaRk7A. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-05-04. . http://www.trustees.uillinois.edu/trustees/agenda/November-14-2013/003-nov-Appointments.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.e-flux.com/journal/some-experiments-in-art-and-politics/. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  10. ^ http://www.e-flux.com/journal/23/67790/some-experiments-in-art-and-politics/
  11. ^ https://www.sfmoma.org/read/photographic-event-2016/
  12. ^ http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/61969/why-not-ask-again-arguments-counter-arguments-and-stories/
  13. ^ https://www.icaboston.org/events/artist%E2%80%99s-voice-trevor-paglen-and-jimena-canales
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  15. ^ "Lectures and Awards". jimenacanales.org. 
  16. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/10/top-10-books-about-time?CMP=twt_gu
  17. ^ http://www.thetablet.co.uk/books/10/9279/books-of-the-year
  18. ^ https://www.esglobal.org/los-25-intelectuales-estan-redefiniendo-pensamiento-iberoamericano/
  19. ^ https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/12/09/the-physicist-and-the-philosopher-einstein-bergson-jimena-canales/
  20. ^ http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/book-reviews/irish-writers-pick-their-top-reads-of-2015-34308841.html
  21. ^ http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-best-science-books-of-2015/
  22. ^ https://www.acls.org/research/fellow.aspx?cid=56478196-578d-e111-bd9e-000c293a51f7
  23. ^ "Books Supported by the Bevington Fund". uchicago.edu. 5 May 2015. 
  24. ^ http://www.icohtec.org/publications/newsletter/2012-02-icohtec-newsletter.pdf

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