Assistant Professor of Physics Kaća Bradonjić Publishes in MIT's Leonardo

Abstract: “Physicists study the physical world on spatial, temporal, and complexity scales inaccessible through ordinary human perception. How, then, does a person ground their understanding of physics at these scales in the sensory impressions and emotional states made possible by their body? The author describes a framework that approaches this question by integrating artistic and intellectual methods and is informed by the history of science, theories of embodied cognition, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of phenomenology. The framework’s goal is to understand the subjective, internal representations of physics concepts used by practicing physicists and to explore their impact on collective research efforts.”

“At its essence, the creation of phenomenal atlases is neither art in service of science nor science in service of art,” Bradonjić writes. “Rather it is a collaboration through which two people embark on the search for a deeper understanding of what it means to know oneself, another, and the physical world.”

Read the full article >> “The Phenomenal Atlases of Contemporary Physics: Knowing the Imperceptible.”

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