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The Resource Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Karen Barad

Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Karen Barad

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Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning
Title
Meeting the universe halfway
Title remainder
quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning
Statement of responsibility
Karen Barad
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Language
eng
Summary
Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social realms, agential realism is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics. The starting point for Barad's analysis is the philosophical framework of quantum physicist Niels Bohr. Barad extends and partially revises Bohr's philosophical views in light of current scholarship in physics, science studies, and the philosophy of science as well as feminist, poststructuralist, and other critical social theories. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. In an agential realist account, the world is made of entanglements of social and natural agencies, where the distinction between the two emerges out of specific intra-actions. Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided. And she reframes understanding of the nature of scientific and political practices and their "interrelationship." Thus she pays particular attention to the responsible practice of science, and she emphasizes changes in the understanding of political practices, critically reworking Judith Butler's influential theory of performativity. Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.--
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Barad, Karen Michelle
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non fiction
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  • Physics
  • Quantum theory
  • Heisenberg uncertainty principle
  • Realism
  • Relativity (Physics)
  • Matter
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Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Karen Barad
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [477]-489) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
pt. 1. Entangled beginnings. Introduction : the science and ethics of mattering ; Meeting the universe halfway ; Diffractions : differences, contingencies, and entanglements that matter -- pt. 2. Intra-actions matter. Niels Bohr's philosophy-physics : quantum physics and the nature of knowledge and reality ; Agential realism : how material-discursive practices matter -- pt. 3. Entanglements and re(con)figurations. Getting real : technoscientific practices and the materialization of reality ; Spacetime re(con)figurings : naturalcultural forces and changing topologies of power ; Quantum entanglements : experimental metaphysics and the nature of nature ; The ontology of knowing, the intra-activity of becoming, and the ethics of mattering -- Appendix A. Cascade experiment / by Alice Fulton -- Appendix B. The uncertainty principle is not the basis of Bohr's complementarity -- Appendix C. Controversy concerning the relationship between Bohr's principle of complementarity and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
Control code
FIEb17807621
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 524 pages
Isbn
9780822339014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71189745
Label
Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Karen Barad
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [477]-489) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
pt. 1. Entangled beginnings. Introduction : the science and ethics of mattering ; Meeting the universe halfway ; Diffractions : differences, contingencies, and entanglements that matter -- pt. 2. Intra-actions matter. Niels Bohr's philosophy-physics : quantum physics and the nature of knowledge and reality ; Agential realism : how material-discursive practices matter -- pt. 3. Entanglements and re(con)figurations. Getting real : technoscientific practices and the materialization of reality ; Spacetime re(con)figurings : naturalcultural forces and changing topologies of power ; Quantum entanglements : experimental metaphysics and the nature of nature ; The ontology of knowing, the intra-activity of becoming, and the ethics of mattering -- Appendix A. Cascade experiment / by Alice Fulton -- Appendix B. The uncertainty principle is not the basis of Bohr's complementarity -- Appendix C. Controversy concerning the relationship between Bohr's principle of complementarity and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
Control code
FIEb17807621
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 524 pages
Isbn
9780822339014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71189745

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