Obliterating Thingness: An Introduction to the “What” and the “So What” of Quantum Physics

  title={Obliterating Thingness: An Introduction to the “What” and the “So What” of Quantum Physics},
  author={Kathryn Schaffer and Gabriela Barreto Lemos},
  journal={Foundations of Science},
  • Kathryn Schaffer, Gabriela Barreto Lemos
  • Published 2019
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • Foundations of Science
  • This essay provides a short introduction to the ideas and potential implications of quantum physics for scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Quantum-inspired ideas pepper current discourse in all of these fields, in ways that range from playful metaphors to sweeping ontological claims. We explain several of the most important concepts at the core of quantum theory, carefully delineating the scope and bounds of currently established science, in order to aid the evaluation of… CONTINUE READING


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