Books By or About David Bohm

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Quantum Theory (1951)

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This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory.

Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail.

Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of the physical formulation of the quantum theory, from its origin and early development through an analysis of wave vs. particle properties of matter.

In Part II, Professor Bohm addresses the mathematical formulation of the quantum theory, examining wave functions, operators, Schrödinger’s equation, fluctuations, correlations, and eigenfunctions.

Part III takes up applications to simple systems and further extensions of quantum theory formulation, including matrix formulation and spin and angular momentum. Parts IV and V explore the methods of approximate solution of Schrödinger’s equation and the theory of scattering. In Part VI, the process of measurement is examined along with the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.

Throughout the text, Professor Bohm places strong emphasis on showing how the quantum theory can be developed in a natural way, starting from the previously existing classical theory and going step by step through the experimental facts and theoretical lines of reasoning which led to replacement of the classical theory by the quantum theory.

A quote from the book:

“The entire universe must, on a very accurate level, be regarded as a single indivisible unit in which separate parts appear as idealisations permissible only on a classical level of accuracy of description. This means that the view of the world being analogous to a huge machine, the predominant view from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is now shown to be only approximately correct. The underlying structure of matter, however, is not mechanical.” In a footnote Bohm adds: “This means that the term quatum mechanics is very much a misnomer. It should, perhaps,be called quantum nonmechanics.” – David Bohm

Reviews:

“In the Fifties, when I sent it [Bohm’s Book “Quantum Theory”] around to various physicists including [Niels] Bohr, Einstein, and [Wolfgangl Pauli. Bohr didn’t answer, but Pauli liked it. Einstein sent me a message that he’d like to talk with me. When we met he said the book had done about as well as you could do with quantum mechanics. But he was still not convinced it was a satisfactory theory.” – David Bohm

“Well, I had several conversations with Einstein. After writing this book on quantum mechanics, which I wrote to try to understand it (based on my graduate course), I sent a copy to various scientists including Einstein. He wanted to discuss it with me, and we discussed it. He felt that the book was as good as you could present the ordinary point-of-view, but he still didn’t accept it. So we discussed it for a while, and meanwhile I myself had been feeling that it wasn’t all that clear, and that therefore these two things together made me feel that the interpretation of quantum mechanics was not satisfactory. So I began to think about it, and I produced another interpretation, which came out in two papers in Phys. Rev, in 1952, two papers, using a particle and a wave, the causal interpretation I called it. And I discussed all those things with Einstein; we also had correspondence afterwards when I was in Brazil.” – David Bohm


Causality and Chance in Modern Physics (1957)

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In this classic, David Bohm was the first to offer us his causal interpretation of the quantum theory. Causality and Chance in Modern Physics continues to make possible further insight into the meaning of the quantum theory and to suggest ways of extending the theory into new directions.

This book delves into the fundamental assumptions of science and scientific methodology and exposes some of Bohm’s early and seed thoughts on the nature and limitations of science as it was constituted.

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“The notion of a thing is thus seen to be an abstraction, in which it is conceptually separated from its infinite background and substructure. Actually, however, a thing does not and could not exist apart from the context from which has thus been conceptually abstracted. And therefore the world is not made by putting together the various “things” in it, but, rather, these things are only approximatelywhat we find on analysis in certain contexts and under suitable conditions.”

Reviews:

“Of exceptional importance. A genuine philosophy of nature, written by a physicist.” – Hibbert Journal

“Bohm’s ideas deserve careful study… Through the stimulus it will provide for the thoughtful investigation of some of the most searching questions of modern physical science, this book serves a very useful purpose.” – Physics Today

“Bohm’s challenging book perhaps marks the beginning of a retreat from high-flown obscurantism and a return to common sense in science.” – Scientific American

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Quanta and Reality (1962)

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In boldly confronting the physical and philosophical implication of quantum mechanics, Quanta and Reality provides an extraordinarily clear understanding of the problems facing the physicist today.First presented on the distingusihed BBC Third Programme, the volume is a brilliantly successful symposium on the strange and complex concepts dominating modern science.

Chapter 4 features a discussion between Maurice Pryce and David Bohm.

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The Special Theory of Relativity (1965)

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The Special Theory of Relativity

In these inspiring lectures David Bohm explores Albert Einstein’s celebrated Theory of Relativity that transformed forever the way we think about time and space. Yet for Bohm the implications of the theory were far more revolutionary both in scope and impact even than this. Stepping back from dense theoretical and scientific detail in this eye-opening work, Bohm describes how the notion of relativity strikes at the heart of our very conception of the universe, regardless of whether we are physicists or philosophers.

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“…one of the basic problems that has to be solved in every act of perception is that of taking into account the special point of view and perspective of the observer. The solution of this problem depends essentially on the use of a number of levels of abstraction, all properly related to each other. Thus a person not only perceives the immediate elliptical appearance of the disk in front of him. He can also perceive the changes in appearance of the disk, which result from certain movements which he himself actively undertakes. From these changes his brain is able to abstract information about his relationship to the disk (e.g., how far away it is). The essential point here is that through many levels of abstraction, all going on simultaneously in the mind, it is possible to perceive not only a projection of the object of interest but also the relationship of the observer to the object in question. From this it is always possible in principle to obtain an invariant notion as to what is actually going on. This is represented in a higher level of abstraction, for example, by imagining space containing the disk and the observer himself, in which both are represented in their proper relationships. When a person says that the object is really circular, he is then evidently not referring to an immediate sensation of the shape of the object but to this extended process of abstraction, the essential results of which are represented in this imagined space, containing both the object and himself.”

Reviews:

“Bohm presents a highly original view of what it means to look at the world with new eyes.” – Journal of Consciousness Studies

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Fragmentation and Wholeness (1976)

This 90 page book was published in 1976. We do not know of its contents and we are trying to obtain a copy of it.

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Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980)

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David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and philosophers of our time. Although deeply influenced by Einstein, he was also, more unusually for a scientist, inspired by mysticism. Indeed, in the 1970s and 1980s he made contact with both J. Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama whose teachings helped shape his work. In both science and philosophy, Bohm’s main concern was with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular. In this classic work he develops a theory of quantum physics which treats the totality of existence as an unbroken whole. Writing clearly and without technical jargon, he makes complex ideas accessible to anyone interested in the nature of reality.

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My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc. (Perhaps we could say that this is what is involved in harmony between the ‘left brain’ and the ‘right brain’). This kind of overall way of thinking is not only a fertile source of new theoretical ideas: it is needed for the human mind to function in a generally harmonious way, which could in turn help to make possible an orderly and stable society.

Reviews:

“Bohm is a tremendously exciting thinker, and this is undoubtedly a book of the first importance.” – Colin Wilson

“One of the most important books of our times.” – Resurgence

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The Hologrpahic Paradigm (1982)

This book contains some excellent interviews with David Bohm.

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Unfolding Meaning (1985)

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The weekend began with the expectation that there would be a series of lectures and informative discussions with emphasis on content. It gradually emerged that something more important was actually involved — the awakening of the process of dialogue itself as a free flow of meaning among all the participants. In the beginning, people were expressing fixed positions, which they were tending to defend, but later it became clear that to maintain the feeling of friendship in the group was much more important than to hold any position. Such friendship has an impersonal quality in the sense that its establishment does not depend on a close personal relationship between participants. A new kind of mind thus begins to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning that is constantly transforming in the process of the dialogue. People are no longer primarily in opposition, nor can they be said to be interacting, rather they are participating in this pool of common meaning which is capable of constant development and change. In this development the group has no pre-established purpose, though at each moment a purpose that is free to change may reveal itself. The group thus begins to engage in a new dynamic relationship in which no speaker is excluded, and in which no particular content is excluded. Thus far we have only begun to explore the possibilities of dialogue in the sense indicated here, but going further along these lines would open up the possibility of transforming not only the relationship between people, but even more, the very nature of consciousness in which these relationships arise.

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The Ending of Time (1985)

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The provocative and penetrating philosophical classic of science and spirituality—a discourse between the revered spiritual leader Krishnamurti and renowned physicist Dr. David Bohm, exploring the origin of human conflict and what we can do about the barriers that stand in the way of insight and consciousness, now revised and updated with a new introduction and added dialogues.

The Ending of Time is a series of important and enlightening dialogues in which Jiddu Krishnamurti and Dr. David Bohm—men from vastly different backgrounds in philosophy and physics, respectively—debate profound existential questions that illuminate the fundamental nature of existence, probing topics such as insight, illusion, awakening, transcendence, renewal, morality, the temporal, and the spiritual. Along the way, Krishnamurti and Bohm explore a person’s relationship to society and offer new insights on human thought, death, awakening, self realization, and the problem of the fragmented mind.

The Ending of Time also refers to the wrong turn humanity has taken—a state that they argue can be corrected. Though they insist that mankind can change fundamentally, they warn that transformation requires going from one’s narrow and particular interests toward the general, and ultimately moving still deeper into that purity of compassion, love and intelligence that originates beyond thought, time, and even emptiness.

A quote from the book:

K: To put on a different coat. It is always the same. So the mind which is functioning with the `me’ is always the same mind. Good Lord, you see, we are back again!

We have tried everything – fasting, every kind of discipline – to get rid of the `me’ with all its knowledge and illusions. One tries to identify with something else, which is the same thing. One then comes back to the fundamental question, what will make the blank wall totally disappear? I think this is only possible when the man who is blocked can give total attention to what the free man is saying. There is no other means to break down the wall – not the intellect, not the emotions, nor anything else. When somebody who has gone beyond the wall, who has broken it down, says, `Listen, for God’s sake listen,’ and I listen to him with my mind empty, then it is finished. You know what I am saying? I have no sense of hoping for anything to happen, or anything to come back, or concern with the future. The mind is empty, and therefore listening. It is finished.

For a scientist to discover something new, he must have a certain emptiness from which there will be a different perception.

DB: Yes, but only in the sense that usually the question is limited, and so the mind may be empty with regard to that particular question, allowing the discovery of an insight in that area. But we are not questioning this particular area. We are questioning the whole of knowledge.

K: It is most extraordinary when you go into it.

DB: And you were saying the end of knowledge is the Vedanta.

K: That is the real answer.

DB: But generally people feel they must keep knowledge in one area to be able to question it in another. You see it might worry people to ask, with what knowledge do I question the whole of knowledge?

K: Yes. With what knowledge do I question my knowledge? Quite.

DB: In a way, we do have knowledge, because we have seen that this whole structure of psychological knowledge makes no sense, that it is inconsistent and has no meaning.

K: From that emptiness that we were talking of, is there a ground or a source from which all things begin? Matter, human beings, their capacities, their idiocies – does the whole movement start from there?

DB: We could consider that. But let’s try to clarify it a little. We have the emptiness.

K: Yes, emptiness in which there is no movement of thought as psychological knowledge. And therefore no psychological time.

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The Future of Humanity (1986)

The two dialogues which appear in this book took place three years after a series of thirteen similar dialogues between Krishnamurti and David Bohm, which appeared in the book “The Ending of Time.” The starting point for the discussions is the question: “What is the future of humanity?” This question is by now of vital concern to everyone, because modern science and technology are clearly seen to have opened up immense possibilities of destruction. It soon became clear as they talked that the ultimate origin of this situation is in the generally confused mentality of mankind, which has not changed basically in this respect throughout the whole of recorded history and probably for much longer than this. Evidently, it was essential to inquire deeply into the root of this difficulty if there is ever to be a possibility that humanity will be diverted from its present very dangerous course.

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Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity (1986)

Conversations with scientists and “sages” such as Hawking, Bohm, Sheldrake, Prigogine, the Dalai Lama, Father Bede Griffiths and Krishnamurti about the unity underlying experience.

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Science, Order, and Creativity (1987)

In Science, Order and Creativity the authors call for a new creative urge in science and, in doing so, explore how creativity itself can be fostered, not only in science but in society and in the life of each individual.

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It is proposed that a form of free dialogue may well be one of the most effective ways of investigating the crisis which faces society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness today. Moreover, it may turn out that such a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation, so that creativity can be liberated.

Reviews:

“An outstanding probe of the creative process in science.” – Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy

“A rare combination of depth and breadth, this probing book stirs both the mind and the heart, and attracts and inspires on many levels: philosophical, scientific, existential and spiritual.” – Dr. Renée Weber, author of Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity

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David Bohm – Meeting with Students (1990)

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Changing Consciousness (1991)

Physicist and philosopher David Bohm shows how people need to adopt a new way of thinking in order to solve the crises facing the planet. His thesis is presented in dialogue form, accompanied by a photo essay. Through the examination of a totality or whole system, Bohm suggests that we may learn more than by examining its parts. The book consists of two sections: a photo essay by Mark Edwards and an exploration in dialogue form of the deeper causes of why civilization, human life and the planet itself are threatened by technological development, while at the same time new possibilities for living creatively and productively have emerged. The photographs introduce the reader to a direct and non-verbal expression of the problems brought about by the patterns of daily living and the fundamental similarity of human beings everywhere regardless of their technological level. The photo/essay is followed by Bohm’s probing of the underlying cause of the crisis, which is a basic and pervasive lack of harmony between the intellect and the emotions. Human beings are out of balance according to Bohm, and the way out is through a radical re-examination of the thinking process.

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For both the rich and the poor, life is dominated by an ever growing current of problems, most of which seem to have no real and lasting solution. Clearly we have not touched the deeper causes of our troubles. It is the main point of this book that the ultimate source of all these problems is in thought itself, the very thing of which our civilization is most proud, and therefore the one thing that is “hidden” because of our failure seriously to engage with its actual working in our own individual lives and in the life of society.

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Quantum Implications: Essays in Honour of David Bohm (1991)

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.

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The Undivided Universe (1993)

Bohm, one of the foremost scientific thinkers of our time, and Hiley present a completely original approach to quantum theory which will alter our understanding of the world and reveal that a century of modern physics needs to be reconsidered.

Reviews:

“This is a brilliant book, of great depth and originality. Every physicist and physics student who wants to understand quantum mechanics should read this book.” – Physics Today

“A remarkable piece of work.” – Times Higher Education Supplement

“One of the most important works on quantum theory to appear during the last twenty years.” – Journal of Consciousness Studies

“This is a rich and stimulating book. It is indispensable reading for anyone with a serious interest in the interpretation of quantum theory.” – John Polkinghorne

“You will be very impressed by this wise and deep book that will certainly broaden your horizens and start you thinking about many things you thought you were sure of.” – Science

“This book disturbs the reader, because the profound originality of its thinking differs so much from mainstream physics and from what the new age has made of physics. It could be that it will in the course of time disturb also the course of physics.” – Network

“An important, forward-looking book.” – New Scientist


Thought as a System (1994)

A transcription of a seminar by David Bohm held in Ojai, California from November 31 to December 2, 1990.

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What I mean by ‘thought’ is the whole thing — thought, ‘felt’, the body, the whole society sharing thoughts — it’s all one process. It is essential for me not to break that up, because it’s all one process; somebody else’s thought becomes my thought, and vice versa. Therefore it would be wrong and misleading to break it up into my thought, your thought, my feelings, these feelings, those feelings. I would say that thought makes what is often called in modern language a system. A system means a set of connected things or parts. But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent — not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence. A corporation is organized as a system — it has this department, that department, that department… they don’t have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on.

Similarly, thought is a system. That system not only includes thought and feelings, but it includes the state of the body; it includes the whole of society — as thought is passing back and forth between people in a process by which thought evolved from ancient times. Thought has been constantly evolving and we can’t say when that system began. But with the growth of civilization it has developed a great deal. It was probably very simple thought before civilization, and now it has become very complex and ramified and has much more incoherence than before.

Now, I say that this system has a fault in it — a ‘systematic fault’. It is not a fault here, there or here, but it is a fault that is all throughout the system. Can you picture that? It is everywhere and nowhere. You may say “I see a problem here, so I will bring my thoughts to bear on this problem”. But “my” thought is part of the system. It has the same fault as the fault I’m trying to look at, or a similar fault.

Thought is constantly creating problems that way and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn’t notice that it’s creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates.

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On Dialogue (1996)

Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our organizations, businesses and societies. Renowned scientist David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony. He identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual, and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose.

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But in fact you can get evidence that thoughts and feelings move as a processes on their own; they are not being run by “me.” They are not being produced by the me, and they are not being experienced by the me.

There is, however, some self-reference built into this whole system. There is what is called proprioception, or “self-perception”. Physically, a person is aware immediately that he has moved a part of his body. If some outside force suddenly moved your arm, you could tell that that is different from having moved it yourself. The nerves are built so as to be able to know that. … So there is proprioception in the body – the distinction between actions which originate in the body, and those which originate outside, is perceived as a functional difference. In this light, the notion that there is a self as a kind of centre, in the body as a centre of activity, is natural. Animals obviously have it too, and they can make that distinction. We can therefore say that this notion of “I” cannot be entirely wrong, or it probably would never have arisen.

The question is: how does this natural, useful distinction turn into the contrdictions of the ego? Something that was correct and useful has somehow developed in way which has gone wrong. Thought lacks proprioception, and we have got to learn, somehow, to observe thought. In the case of observing the body, you can tell that observation is somehow taking place – even when there is no sense of a distinct observer.

Is it possible for thought similarly to observe itself, to see what it is doing, perhaps by awakening some other sense of what thought is, possibly through attention? In that way, thought may become proprioceptive. It will know what it is doing and it will not create a mess.

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Infinite Potential (1997)

Infinite Potential is the first biography of David Bohm—brilliant physicist, explorer of consciousness, student of Oppenheimer, friend to Einstein, and enemy of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Although he battled bouts of crippling depression, Bohm proved to be one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers, influencing the fields of physics, philosophy, psychology, language, and education. In this compelling narrative, David Peat explains Bohm’s life and landmark scientific work, including his famous ”hidden variables” causal interpretation of quantum mechanics, which created a storm of controversy, yet may well be the only theory that describes the true nature of reality.

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On Creativity (1998)

Creativity is fundamental to human experience. In On Creativity, David Bohm, the world-renowned scientist, investigates the phenomenon from all sides: not only the creativity of invention and of imagination but also that of perception and of discovery. The creative impulse is instinctive to everyone, but its revolutionary potential is rarely realised. For, he argues, its success depends upon the individual’s ability to jolt the workaday mind into a dynamic state that enables true creativity and originality to become possible. By awakening this creative state of mind each person can then discover the creative harmony that lies not only within their own psyche but also behind everything that they experience.

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The Limits of Thought (1999)

The Limits of Thought is a series of penetrating dialogues between the great spiritual leader, J. Krishnamurti and the renowned physicist, David Bohm.The starting point of their engaging exchange is the question: If truth is something different than reality, then what place has action in daily life in relation to truth and reality? We see Bohm and Krishnamurti explore the nature of consciousness and the condition of humanity. These enlightening dialogues address issues of truth, desire awareness, tradition, and love.Limits of Thought is an important book by two very respected and important thinkers. Anyone interested to see how Krishnamurti and Bohm probe some of the most essential questions of our very existence will be drawn to this great work.

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Bohm-Biederman Correspondence (1999)

“It was sheer chance that I encountered David Bohm’s writing in 1958 … I knew nothing about him. What struck me about his work and prompted my initial letter was his underlying effort to seek for some larger sense of reality, which seemed a very humanized search.” – Charles Biederman, from the foreword of the book.

This book marks the beginning of a four thousand page correspondence between Charles Biederman, founder of Constructivism in the 1930s, and David Bohm the prestigious physicist known for his interpretation of quantum theory. Available for the first time, we are given a rare opportunity to read through and engage in a remarkable transatlantic, intellectual discussion on art and science, creativity and theory.

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The Essential David Bohm (2002)

There are few scientists of the twentieth century whose life’s work has created more excitement and controversy than that of physicist David Bohm (1917-1992). For the first time in a single volume, The Essential David Bohm offers a comprehensive overview of Bohm’s original works from a non-technical perspective. Including three chapters of previously unpublished material, each reading has been selected to highlight some aspect of the implicate order process, and to provide an introduction to one of the most provocative thinkers of our time.

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Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time: Bohm, Prigogine, and Process Philosophy (2003)

David Ray Griffin (the author) is a retired American professor of philosophy of religion and theology. Along with John B. Cobb, Jr., he founded the Center for Process Studies in 1973, a research center of Claremont School of Theology which seeks to promote the common good by means of the relational approach found in process thought. This book looks at the subjects of time as it relates to science and theology.

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David Bohm’s World: New Physics and New Religion (2007)

David Bohm is a physicist with a broad range of other interests including religion, philosophy, education, art, and linguistics. This book surveys Bohm’s physical theories including the quantum potential theory and the implicate order or holomovement theory.

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Bridging Science and Spirit: Common Elements in David Bohm’s Physics, the Perennial Philosophy and Seth (2011)

For centuries, humankind has tried to navigate between scientific and spiritual conceptions of reality often without much success. In the resultant confusion scientists, philosophers and theologians have pondered and argued; yet the separation remains. Norman Friedman correlates the quantum physics of David Bohm with the Perennial Philosophy described by Aldous Huxley and the spiritual insights of the channeled entity known as Seth to show how a single reality emerges from seemingly contradictory perspectives; a brilliant synthesis.

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Insights into Immensity: Krishnamurti and David Bohm in dialogue 1961-1986 (2015)

Insights into Immensity is a magical tour to a world beyond. Our guides are two men who shared a passion to solve the mystery of existence. Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm discussed fundamental issues of human life for almost 25 years, from 1961 to 1986. Their radical view of us as human beings was that we live in two worlds: our own and the actual. Mostly we live in the world of images and concepts and not with facts.Insights into Immensity is a summary of 52 dialogues that Krishnamurti and David Bohm had between 1965 and 1983. It shows what is wrong with the human mind and how to change it. The solution is simple but not easy: we must free our minds from the tyranny of thought.Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of our time. He spoke throughout the world to large audiences about the need for a radical change in mankind. His books have been published in over 50 languages. David Bohm (1917-1992) has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the past century. In his books and seminars, he expressed revolutionary thoughts about thinking and its meaning. Bohm was a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Heikki Peltola is a Finnish writer, whose interest to Krishnamurti and Bohm started in 1977 and remains strong. This book is a translation of his Finnish book published in 2015.

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An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti (2017)

For more than two decades, renowned theoretical physicist David Bohm engaged in a close collaboration with psychological philosopher J. Krishnamurti. The two men participated together in 144 recorded dialogues and many unrecorded conversations, and the transcripts of their discussions appear in several published volumes. Their mutual interests encompassed the whole of human consciousness, its nature and structure, and the sources of illusion and conflict in the individual and in society. An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti describes the course of their relationship from beginning to end, including the substance of their dialogues as well as the uneven quality of their personal interactions. Author David Edmund Moody worked with both men for more than a decade, and his observations of them inform and supplement his description of their relationship.

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David Bohm: Causality and Chance, Letters to Three Women (2017)

The letters transcribed in this book were written by physicist David Bohm to three close female acquaintances in the period 1950 to 1956. They provide a background to his causal interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Marxist philosophy that inspired his scientific work in quantum theory, probability and statistical mechanics. In his letters, Bohm reveals the ideas that led to his ground breaking book Causality and Chance in Modern Physics. The political arguments as well as the acute personal problems contained in these letters help to give a rounded, human picture of this leading scientist and twentieth century thinker.

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The Unity of Everything: A Conversation with David Bohm (2018)

What happens when a Buddhist mystic meets one of the world’s greatest living scientists to discuss the structure of reality and its relation to the process of spiritual enlightenment? In January 1991, Nish Dubashia, a young student of Buddhist meditation and mysticism, was invited by Professor David Bohm, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the twentieth century and the man whom Einstein believed was his intellectual successor, to Birkbeck College in London to discuss Dubashia’s thesis that a rather simple process of emergence and dissolution underlies reality, and that what physics is now also discovering in this regard is the same essential truth that underlies many of the surface differences between the great religious and mystical traditions of the world. For the first time, Nish Dubashia is making available to the public the fascinating discussion that ensued. What lies at the ground of all being? How does the unity of the universe appear to us as a multiplicity of things and events? Why is there so much conflict in the world? This dialogue, and the models of reality which were discussed, at least made a promising start to answering these ultimate questions.

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Held at the David Bohm Society Archive: No.


David Bohm: A Life Dedicated to Understanding the Quantum World (2019)

This authoritative biography addresses the life and work of the quantum physicist David Bohm. Although quantum physics is considered the soundest physical theory, its strange and paradoxical features have challenged – and continue to challenge – even the brightest thinkers. David Bohm dedicated his entire life to enhancing our understanding of quantum mysteries, in particular quantum nonlocality. His work took place at the height of the cultural/political upheaval in the 1950’s, which led him to become the most notable American scientist to seek exile in the last century. The story of his life is as fascinating as his ideas on the quantum world are appealing.

Held at the David Bohm Society Archive: Yes.


Emergent Quantum Mechanics: David Bohm Centennial Perspectives (2019)

Emergent quantum mechanics explores the possibility of an ontology for quantum mechanics. The resurgence of interest in “deeper-level” theories for quantum phenomena challenges the standard, textbook interpretation. The book presents expert views that critically evaluate the significance–for 21st century physics–of ontological quantum mechanics, an approach that David Bohm helped pioneer. The possibility of a deterministic quantum theory was first introduced with the original de Broglie-Bohm theory, which has also been developed as Bohmian mechanics. The wide range of perspectives that were contributed to this book on the occasion of David Bohm’s centennial celebration provide ample evidence for the physical consistency of ontological quantum mechanics. The book addresses deeper-level questions such as the following: Is reality intrinsically random or fundamentally interconnected? Is the universe local or nonlocal? Might a radically new conception of reality include a form of quantum causality or quantum ontology? What is the role of the experimenter agent? As the book demonstrates, the advancement of ‘quantum ontology’–as a scientific concept–marks a clear break with classical reality. The search for quantum reality entails unconventional causal structures and non-classical ontology, which can be fully consistent with the known record of quantum observations in the laboratory.

Held at the David Bohm Society Archive: No.


Whole and One: Seeing and being the World (2020)

Whole and One invites you to see and be the world. The book is inspired by the radical insights of physicist David Bohm. He suggested that thinking prevents us from seeing the world as it is. The world is whole and one but we human beings are not. The world is one unbroken movement. As individuals, we are different but not separate. There are two serious errors in our ego-system: the idea of a self separate from thinking and the concept of time as a means to solve our mental problems. To see the world correctly means that we are the world. We can solve the world crisis if we find the root cause of them and eliminate it. The good news is: we have the tools to do it. The bad news is: we don’t use them. We need a thought sense and a new agenda. When we see the world directly, we are one with the whole. Heikki Peltola is a Finnish writer, whose mission and passion is to find out what is true, right and possible. To see that is our chance to change the future of humanity.

Held at the David Bohm Society Archive: Yes.