Andrei Ștefănucă's Reviews > Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning

Meeting the Universe Halfway by Karen Barad
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May 14, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 14 to 22, 2011

Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed from a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind. The background, historical and theoretical notions that this book is based on underline and structure the field's most important questions and Karen Barad analyzes and dissects them from an epistemological, ontological and ethical point of view. Still, one critique to answer to is that although the author states that this book is understandable by anyone, the language of choice is often a wooden one, rigid and filled with identical repetitions of the same overall concept, agential realism, that is itself presented as clear as possible since it is first mentioned. Other than that, the author uses the underlying theoretical information as a given, presenting everything in perfect coherence and detailing its cause and effect entanglements on an individual level while a bit more care for the objective essence of things as well would have been lovely. Nevertheless, a superb and helpful read for anyone willing to dive into the deepest essence of things on his or her own, a true quantic catalyzer.

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