Contested Visibilities and the Anthropogenic Image
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 2017–18
In 1997, Galison was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; he won a 1998 Pfizer Award (for Image and Logic); and in 1999, he received the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize. His books include How Experiments End (1987), Image and Logic (1997), Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps (2003), and Objectivity (with L. Daston, 2007). With collaborators he has organized a series of books about the cross-currents between science and other domains including, Big Science (with Bruce Hevly); The Disunity of Science (with David Stump); The Architecture of Science (with Emily Thompson); Picturing Science, Producing Art (with Caroline A. Jones); Scientific Authorship (with Mario Biagioli) and Einstein for the 21st Century (with Gerald Holton and Sylvan Schweber).
His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, “Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma” (2000, with Pamela Hogan) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in courses. With Robb Moss, he directed “Secrecy” (2008) which premiered at Sundance, and, also with Moss, recently completed “Containment” (2015, premiered at Full Frame Film Festival), about the need to guard radioactive materials for the 10,000-year future. Galison collaborated with South African artist William Kentridge on a multi-screen installation, “The Refusal of Time” (2012) and the chamber opera, “Refuse the Hour.”
He is now finishing a book, Building Crashing Thinking, about the back and forth between the self and modern technologies. In 2016, he established the Black Hole Initiative with colleagues in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, and Observational Astrophysics—and is now working on a film about knowledge, philosophy, and these strangest of all objects.
- NHC Public Lecture: “Wastelands and Wilderness: Nuclear Lands,” February 8, 2018.
- Galison, Peter. “The pyramid and the ring: A physics indifferent to ontology.” In Research Objects in Their Technological Setting, edited by Bernadette Bensaude Vincent, Sacha Loeve, Alfred Nordmann, and Astrid Schwarz. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2017.
- King, Chyld, Peter Galison, and Robb Moss. Containment. ro*co films international, 2015.
- Galison, Peter. “Blacked-Out Spaces: Freud, Censorship, and the Re-Territorialization of the Mind.” British Journal for the History of Science 45 (2012): 235–66.
- Galison, Peter. “The Theater of Forgetting.” Cabinet 42 (2011): 78–79.
- Daston, Lorraine J., and Peter Galison. Objectivity. New York: Zone Books, 2010.
- Galison, Peter. “Secrecy in Three Acts.” Social Research 77 (2010): 941–74.