Evening Seminar with Dr. Rebecca Scott Yoshizawa

January 09, 2017

Wave-Particle Duality: Arts and Sciences Meeting Halfway

Friday, January 27th - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
SFU Harbour Ctr. campus - Room 1415.

We are hosting a special Evening Seminar at GLS with Dr. Rebecca Scott Yoshizawa entitled "Wave-Particle Duality: Arts and Sciences Meeting Halfway".

Seminar Details

This seminar will open avenues of analysis and creativity by working with the theories, principles, and applications of quantum physics. The theme of this seminar is wave-particle duality, the observation that quanta are entities that empirically correspond neither to particles nor waves. However, quantum physicists have shown that measurement resolves wave-particle duality, where one type of laboratory apparatus measuring a light beam produces patterns associated with particles, and another, patterns associated with waves. This means that the ‘agencies of observation’ of the apparatus and scientist provide the conditions for the possibility of observed phenomena in the first place. This raises many questions that can be explored in this seminar: How is it possible that such a successful and effectual theory also seems to point to a kind of constructivism of the universe? How do quantum physicists grapple with and theorize the role of observation without affirming anthropocentrism? What does quantum physics, and the realization that resolution of indeterminacy comes from observation, mean for the social sciences and humanities? How can these issues be explored in the creative and literary arts?

Suggested Reading

Morales, Gregorio (2002). “Overcoming the Limit Syndrome” in The World of Quantum Culture, Manuel J. Caro and John W. Murphy (eds.), Westport: Praeger; p. 1-34.

Further readings to follow


Dr. Yoshizawa has a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University, with other degrees in Gender Studies and Communication. She specializes in the sociology of science, transdisciplinary collaboration, and bioethics. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher and instructor in Communication and an instructor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at SFU, where she has taught courses on reproductive politics, nonhumanism, new media, and risk communication. She has published articles on intersections of science and society in Body & Society, Feminist Theory, Placenta, and the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, and is currently working on a book manuscript on the developmental origins of health and disease.

**Alumni and current students are welcome.  Please RSVP to Sandra at GLS office: glsp@sfu.ca if you would like to attend **