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The Helmholtz Curves: Tracing Lost Time

Henning Schmidgen


This book reconstructs the emergence of the phenomenon of “lost time,” i.e. the interval between stimulus and response, with respect to the German physiologist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) and the French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922). It argues that the discovery and explanation of this phenomenon was closely tied to the functioning of laboratory technologies. In the winter of 1849/50, Helmholtz conducted pioneering measurements concerning the propagation speed of stimulations in the living nerve in Königsberg by using electromagnetic devices and graphical instruments. When presenting ... More

Keywords: History of Science, Media Studies, Hermann von Helmholtz, Marcel Proust, Time measurements, Graphical Method, Gilles Deleuze

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823261949
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823261949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henning Schmidgen, author
Bauhaus University