About the Author

Jessica Riskin is professor of history at Stanford University and author of Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Hometown: Berkeley, CA


In the video below Jessica Riskin introduces her book, The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick. She discusses competing mechanistic models of nature from the 17th century into the present.

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