He pulled this from the market and it wasn’t republished until 25 years after his death.
Ok, I should go straight to what interests me: Time, which is my #1 subject and I have exhausted many avenues of research through the years and yet never knew of Bergson,who went head to head with Einstein.
Duration and simultaneity : Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe
Author(s) Bergson, Henri ; Durie, R⍺obin (ed.)
General Relativity and Cosmology
space and time
Henri Bergson (1859 – 1941) introduced new life to French philosophy, examining the non-mathematical sciences from a philosophical stance. He introduced the concept of non-linear time to philosophical investigations of change. Forthis and other work he received the Nobel Prize in 1924. Duration and Simultaneity deals with one of the great Bergsonian themes, time. A central contention is that science and philosophy alike systematically misrepresent the nature of time. Bergson suggests that the traditional association between the model of space and time is incoherent. Unlike space, time is not measurable by objective standard. This contention is tried out here against the major movement in physics of the day; relativity. Tracing the development of the theory from special’ to general’ relativity, Bergson finds that a fundamental requirement of the theory is an impossibility – the assumption that the experiences of two observers moving at different speeds within two different physical systems might be thought of as simultaneous. This is to ignore the limits of possible experience. As with much of Bergson’s thought the book has had a complex reception in both the world of physics and philosophy. This edition is supplemented by a number of extracts bearing on the debate of Bergson’s critique of relativity, including a previously untranslated interview between Einstein and Bergson.
“The shift from the certainties of mechanism to the anxieties of indeterminacy marks a historic dislocation. Bergson’s thought comes into being on the fault line of this break. It looks backward and forward across this interval and emerges from within it. The “singular crisis of the sciences,” as Valéry puts it, does not just affect what we know and what we don’t know, but calls out for a new way of thinking. This is what Bergson provides, which is why his thought remains of interest to us today.”