Still awaiting the quantum turn

Bawden, D. (2017). Still awaiting the quantum turn .. *

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Two years ago a paper by myself and my colleagues Lyn Robinson and Tyabba Siddiqui was published in JASIST, introducing and explaining the idea of an emerging 'quantum information science'. We argued that this could be seen in five respects: use of loose analogies and metaphors between concepts in quantum physics and library/information science; use of quantum concepts and formalisms in information retrieval; use of quantum concepts and formalisms in studying meaning and concepts; development of quantum social science, in areas adjacent to information science; and qualitative application of quantum concepts in the information disciplines themselves. This post discusses some developments since that paper was written.

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Additional Information: Blog post, originally published in The Occasionalinformationist blog (
Uncontrolled Keywords: quantum mechanics; quantum theory; information retrieval; quantum social science; quantum information science
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Information Science
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