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The Helmholtz CurvesTracing Lost Time$
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Henning Schmidgen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261949

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261949.001.0001

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Time to Publish

Time to Publish

(p.115) Five Time to Publish
The Helmholtz Curves

Henning Schmidgen

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes the difficulties Helmholtz encountered when communicating his findings concerning physiological time to the public. In the German context, the “Preliminary Report” about his measurements was met with considerable reluctance. Similar was the effect in the French context. The chapter argues that the main reasons for these problems were rooted in the dense description Helmholtz had offered of his innovative method. At the same time, it draws a parallel to the reluctant reception of Proust’s avant-garde novel, In Search of Lost Time.

Keywords:   Hermann von Helmholtz, Marcel Proust, Emil du Bois-Reymond, Scientific journals, Innovation

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