The pyramid and the ring
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In the 1970s, two dramatically distinct theories–one of ordinary electricity and magnetism (quantum electrodynamics), the other one of the nuclear forces (weak interaction theory)–could be subsumed under a single integrated structure. Within science and within philosophy too, there has long been tradition of anti-ontology, a view that science should be more about prediction than the establishment of fundamental entities. This chapter a describes a world in which key branches of physics and related sciences no longer see the objects of their concern as a pyramid, but instead see their universe as a ring–a connected space of knowledge without the center. The nano-lab is making, altering, combining things, and imaging is a way of getting the process done. People may be witnessing the arrival of a different kind of science, inflected by making but deeply imbricated in the sciences: linked sciences, but formed into a ring by a broad and expanding consensus leaves the pyramidical hierarchy in the sands of Giza.