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Thoughts can be Introduction described as linear, but what is logical for one person is not always straightforward for another. By the same token, what is an interruption of thought for one may be produc- tive and revelatory for another. When is the inter- Inertia is the tendency for a mass to remain in a constant and ruption of thought or action most productive? And when is uniform state of motion until acted upon by an external force. Inertia is also rest. Taylor III in the essay that immediately follows.

It is an explanation unlike any other: Both are instructive, but the stories we tell about but arguably never witnessed — the observer sees only them resist sloppy thinking and lazy writing.

And yet, science has and its relation to metaphor, and in this way also serves as named it. If themed journals, in some quarters, seek use of signals and communication systems as metaphors to unity in the various articles included, this is not the case explain his work. Articles range in histori- In a joint interview by Pamela Karimi, Benjamin cal focus, method, and disciplinary standpoint.

Because little evidence of these films remains, difficulty is, in fact, productive: But to qualify World War. It was in this authenticity that Negroponte which the forces of time are etched, eroded, and left to found an essential humanism that informed his ideas on fade away.

Fowler offers a reflection on an artwork trappings. Their project underscores an important senti- that confuses the notion of completeness. A hazy wa- ment in architectural design: By Fowler explains the reason for the initial confusion: Project profiles by Haseeb Ahmed and Bea Camacho accompany articles. The following thirteen works are meant to empower different directions of thought.

Each offers the reader different puzzles, new ways of wondering, and a variety of fields to engage with. It is merely a suggestion that we stop to ponder the trajectories of the mind—but to do so discriminately.

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This question is not so easily resolved. The river still has much to recommend it. Water in motion can con- Joseph Ciirculaire. Taylor III vey the sense of both collective and particularized mass.

Like a river, the past can overwhelm when accumulated Lovejoy: That is a false analogy! A millennium of Lisa: A torrent of all that comes and passes.

A thing is no sooner rushing shift in public perceptions about Native Americans well come, but it is past; and then another is borne after it, converged with long-accumulating concerns about pollu- and this too will be carried away. Sir Isaac Newton and modern irresistible forces. As Lisa Simpson might This is one reason the river is so serviceable.


We can shout, the analogy is apt. Few of us—except- an individual, its turbulent parts a subset of events. Eddies ing perhaps those jaded nineteen-year-olds, infected with and surges can represent war and peace, boom and bust, terminal ennui, who haunt the back rows of lecture halls— intellectual currents and social movements.

The constant regard the past as utterly dead and irrelevant, that what mixing of waters can symbolize the dynamic, seemingly happened before has no further bearing. In these ways the river serves us, and In fact, we cannot avoid the past. We crash into it daily on it is certainly superior to the way scientists and econo- every scale from the intimate to the global. We hear its mists reduce events to leading indicators such as jack run echo in tales told by loved ones.

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It courses our brains as returns, heavy machinery orders, or Southern Oscillation chastening and inspiring homilies when we enter voting intensity that are quantified and modeled to predict past booths. And we reflexively invoke historical comparisons and future. The notion that economies or nature can all the time, when we shop for food or evaluate products be truncated and summarized is alien to historians, yet or weigh which neighborhood we should inhabit.

Sooner even here we see an assumption of inertia. Scientists and or later even clueless adolescents learn that they must live sociologists alike assume that the past operates as if it with the consequences, and even radical individualists ad- has mass, motion, and impact. What changes is the way mit that none of us quite control our fate.

In the end we do scientific history resembles a train. If the past has inertia, if rails. Treating history like a train past. Aside from maybe a case of mild whiplash, there is obscures the disorder, the flat-out messiness that is a core rarely a lasting legacy once the carny operator kills the feature of life.

The problem is controlled or even controllable? In reaction to attempts finding a literary device that conveys motion and mass and to model history, Richard White once offered a counter that accommodates a consideration of individual and col- example that tilts inertia toward mayhem.

The past, he lective impacts. It takes a lot of simile is a writerly and pedagogical problem. The Authors and teachers alike lean heavily on metaphoric rock is the contingent past rolling into the future. It is our truck in trade, our means of commu- river, this naturalistic metaphor offers key insights. This is why, ever since novelist L. Hartley first is not like a train. Yet the reverse is equally true. The badly Yet the boulder and river analogies miss something ba- mangled simile can stop learning in its tracks.

Much is at sic. We may at times be carried along or run over by forces stake in the metaphors we choose, and this is why a con- initiated far in the past and well beyond our control, but in cept such as inertia is worth contemplation. It can convey no strict sense are humans mere flotsam or dirt. A distin- a key insight about the relevance of the past, yet because it guishing trait of humanity is how we individually make has value our attempts at word play around it create frus- choices and take actions of our own accord.


This is where tration. Perhaps there is a lesson in that irritation. Willful agency, even when mis- Many metaphors connote inertial-like properties, but directed or incompetently applied, cannot be incorporated none are quite like the past. I have described how habitat into the river and rock metaphors any better than by the loss and conservation policies enacted long ago propelled train, and without account for that trait any analogy will Pacific salmon onto evolutionary paths that now prevent miss an essential factor in historical analysis.

Ultimately ev- us from experiencing the massive runs of the nineteenth ery metaphor is incomplete. One might function at a meta century. I have traced how Victorian art. We are fickle beings that defy modeling.

They remind us of how let and grain of sand are not particularly effective analogies culture, economy, technology, and nature function like for the life of anyone other than the perfectly fatalistic. If we agree that inertia of these histories easily or rightly suggest a rock, river, is a relevant metaphor but that rivers, boulders, and trains bumper car, or pretty much anything else.

The past is too are problematic similes, then is there a better solution?

I have toyed ues to do its work. Although modern physics has moved with bumper cars and freeways because they open possi- beyond its enlightenment roots, historians still find value bilities for thinking about agency and the difficulty of com- in certain Newtonian principles. Unfortunately, Time does exhibit inertial-like qualities, yet the quest neither effectively illustrates the circulaiire properties of the for the perfect circulaige is a Sisyphean task. Steven Dean not easily likened to anything else.

Moments can be prxoim Moore Fox Network, 16 December University of Chicago Press, And that is why I love history and the inertia meta- trans. Jeremy Collier New York: George Routledge and Sons, Both are instructive, but the stories we tell about 3 Alfred W.

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Univer- sity of Washington Press, Myth and History the beginning of a sustained and challenging conversation New York: Knopf,proximm Cambridge University Press, University of Washington, ; idem.

Harvard University Press, Einstein expanded A Science of his work from its initial focus on time signaling to signaling in general. In the process, he learned that neither love nor time could travel at speeds faster than that of light. The expansion of electromagnetic communication technolo- What do the speed of light and inertia have in common?