Secondary Sources

Books, Articles, Multimedia and Websites Pertaining to David Bohm

Material by Paavo Pylkkänen or Basil Hiley are not listed in this section as they have their own sections on the David Bohm Society website.

Material in this section is listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name. In the case of multiple-authors or websites the title will be used instead of an author name. The one exception is that we have placed an entry titled Secondary Sources With Only Small Sections Pertaining to David Bohm as the last entry in this list.




Bill Angelos

Interviews With David Bohm by Bill Angelos:

Beyond Limits: David Bohm interviewed by Bill Angelos for Dutch TV (TELEAC)

Interviews with Bill Angelos Discussing David Bohm

There is a Youtube series available where Bill Angelos and Taher Gozel have a discussion about the connection between David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti.


Dr. Klaus von Bloh

Dr. Klaus von Bloh was a Ph. D. student of Chris Dewdney in the 1990s. Chris Dewdney was one of the last students of David Bohm. Dr. Klaus von Bloh's field of interest is to visualize Bohmian trajectories in many different situations. Dr. Klaus von Bloh has created numerous wolfram demonstrations with the CAS program Mathematica to visualize the causal (later called ontological) interpretation of quantum mechanics to promote David Bohm's work.

Wolfram demonstrations project link

Dr. Klaus von Bloh's Youtube Channel


Bohmian-Mechanics.net

Visit the Bohmian-Mechanics.net website.


Matthew Capowski

Matthew Capowski founded the David Bohm Society.

There is No Activism There is Only Proprioception of Thought

The Together First Project


Sheldon Goldstein

Professor Sheldon Goldstein, at the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Rutgers, has a website that lists several publications he authored or co-authored that pertain to Bohm's work. Professor Goldstein is one of the founders of bohmian-mechanics.net, a research network on Bohmian mechanics that was founded in 1980.


F. David Peat

F. David Peat is a physicist and colleague of David Bohm's who co-authored the book Science, Order, and Creativity with David Bohm.

Peat also authored the biography of David Bohm that he titled Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm.

(Please see the review section below for an important note about this book.)

From F. David Peat's website:

This is the first biography of David Bohm, brilliant physicist, explorer of consciousness, student of Oppenheimer, friend of Einstein, and enemy to the House Un-American Activities Committee. As both his friend and fellow physicist, no one is better positioned than F. David Feat to tell the story of this extraordinary scientist, one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century, a man who made influential contributions to physics, philosophy, consciousness, psychology, language, and education.

In Infinite Potential, Peat describes how David Bohm came to believe that the traditional interpretation of quantum mechanics--with its barriers of uncertainty--was incomplete. In a bold step that turned quantum mechanics on its head, he introduced the "implicate order," which created a storm of controversy, yet may well have opened the door to a much deeper theory of the nature of reality. In these pages, the general reader will obtain the first clear, non-mathematical explanation of Bohm's brilliant theory, which gave new hope of finding the elusive "hidden variables" theory, the missing piece of the quantum mechanics puzzle for which Albert Einstein had spent decades searching. As Peat shows, Einstein had such a high regard for Bohm and his work that he made Bohm his close collaborator and friend.

But Bohm the scientist was also Bohm the courageous human being. Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, he began his career as an American physicist, but was forced to give up his U.S. citizenship and flee America's borders by "Tail Gunner Joe" McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunters. This book captures the suspense of Bohm's steadfast refusal to bow before McCarthy's inquisitors and betray his colleagues, and the suffering he endured in his subsequent exile and years of wandering before he finally found sympathy for his plight and support for his theories at Birkbeck College in England.

Years later, when David Bohm grew older and more philosophical, he formed another collaboration that lasted many years, this time with the great Indian mystic Jiddu Krishnamurti. Together, the physicist and the philosopher delved into the farthest reaches of the nature of consciousness and human transformation, of reality and transcendence; as Peat clearly shows, for Bohm physics alone was never enough to describe the nature of our existence.

Reviews:

Reviews of Peat's book have been mixed. As the only published biography of David Bohm it stands alone and there have been positive reviews. Yet two main objections to this book have emerged. Some individuals feel this book failed to capture Bohm's essence and greatness, which admittingly is no easy task. Secondly, the characterizations of the relationship between Bohm and Krishnamurti are not correct. On this subject see Bill Angelos's video clip on Youtube. There was also an article from The Link, a past Krishnamurti publication, where David Bohm's wife wrote some comments about Peat's biography to correct the misunderstandings about Bohm and Krishnamurti's relationship (thanks to Bill Angelos for making me aware of this article). The following is quoted from Saral Bohm's commentary:

"Over the following years, as many of you know, the two men had many fruitful discussions together which resulted in books and videos. I do not wish here to go into all the reasons why it was difficult for them to continue their dialogues with the same intensity. One reason was that Dave had major heart surgery during which he almost died. It left his heart badly damaged and he did not have the same strength as before the operation. Another reason was that David became interested in the experiment of dialogue and this was not, at that time, possible to pursue in Brockwood. However, before Krishnaji left for India for the last time, we went to Brockwood to say goodbye to him. Krishnaji, as always when he was alone with Dave, was warm and affectionate and asked him, "David, please come as often as you can to Brockwood". And Dave assured him he would do so. This doesn't seem to me to indicate the break between them that Peat writes of in the book and that Stephen quotes in his review."


International Journal of Quantum Foundations

The International Journal of Quantum Foundations (ISSN 2375-4729) is devoted to all aspects of the foundations of quantum theories, including conceptual and mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and quantum gravity. Its aim is to promote quantum foundations research by providing a problem-oriented and debate-encouraged forum for researchers. The journal includes publication of normal papers and reviews, research notes, discussion notes, reminiscences, and book reviews.

This journal has numerous references to Bohm as you can see through their search function.


Quantum Implications

Essays in Honour of David Bohm

From the book:

David Bohm is one of the foremost scientific thinkers of today and one of the most distinguished scientists of his generation. His challenge to the conventional understanding of quantum theory has led scientists to reexamine what it is they are going and his ideas have been an inspiration across a wide range of disciplines. Quantum Implications is a collection of original contributions by many of the world' s leading scholars and is dedicated to David Bohm, his work and the issues raised by his ideas.

The contributors range across physics, philosophy, biology, art, psychology, and include some of the most distinguished scientists of the day. There is an excellent introduction by the editors, putting Bohm's work in context and setting right some of the misconceptions that have persisted about the work of David Bohm.

Reviews:

"This book should be of interest to anyone for whom physics is more than just a set of calculational recipes. It contains brain food for everybody from the formal theorist all the way to the artist searching for new concepts." -- Physics Today

"A fitting tribute to one of the most searching thinkers in modern physics, and will become a standard reference work on the concepts of quantum mechanics." -- Nature

"...a tribute to Professor Bohm's creative imagination, his single-mindedness, his inspirational guidance, and his complete dedication to further understanding of the fundamental issues ... a major contribution to the annals of modern thought." -- New Humanity


The Bohm-Krishnamurti Project

Visit the Bohm-Krishnamurti Project.


Secondary Sources With Only Small Sections Pertaining to David Bohm

Capria, M. Mamone. Physics Before and After Einstein. (2005)

Harrison, David M. Bell's Theorem. (1999)