On some early objections to Bohm's theory

  title={On some early objections to Bohm's theory},
  author={Wayne C. Myrvold},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={24 - 7}
  • W. Myrvold
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Physics
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Recent literature on Bohm's alternative to mainstream quantum mechanics may create the misleading impression that, except for perfunctory dismissals, the theory was ignored by the physics community in the years immediately following its proposal. As a matter of fact, Einstein, Pauli, and Heisenberg all published criticisms of Bohm's theory, explaining their reasons for not accepting the theory. These criticisms will be discussed and evaluated in this article. 
Why isn't every physicist a Bohmian?
This note collects, classifies and evaluates common criticism against the de Broglie Bohm theory, including Ockham's razor, asymmetry in the de Broglie Bohm theory, the ``surreal trajectory''
Bohm's theory of quantum mechanics and the notion of classicality
What you always wanted to know about Bohmian mechanics but were afraid to ask
Bohmian mechanics is an alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics. We outline the main characteristics of its non-relativistic formulation. Most notably it does provide a simple solution to the
On a Common Misconception Regarding the de Broglie–Bohm Theory
We discuss a common misconception regarding the de Broglie–Bohm (dBB) theory; namely, that it not only assigns a position to each quantum object but also contains the momenta as “hidden variables”.
Some Observations upon "Realistic" Trajectories in Bohmian Quantum Mechanics *
Experimental situations in which we observe quantum effects that deviate from the intuitive expecta- tions of the classical world call for an interdisciplinary discussion, and one fundamental issue
The Philosophical and Scientific Metaphysics of David Bohm
This paper examines three core features of Bohm’s metaphysical views, which have been both supported by features of quantum mechanics and integrated into a comprehensive system.
Esoteric quantization : the esoteric imagination in David Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics
This thesis aims to explore the relationship between the science, the philosophy and the esoteric imagination of the American physicist David Bohm (1917-1992). Bohm is recognized as one of the most
The statistical interpretation: Born, Heisenberg and von Neumann, 1926–27
In 1954, Max Born was awarded the Nobel prize for physics ‘for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of the wavefunction’. For the Nobel
The Unexpected Resurgence of Weyl Geometry in late 20th-Century Physics
Weyl’s original scale geometry of 1918 (“purely infinitesimal geometry”) was withdrawn by its author from physical theorizing in the early 1920s. It made a surprising comeback, however, in the last


Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory Reflections on Bell's Theorem
From the beginning, the implications of quantum theory for our most general understanding of the world have been a matter of intense debate. Einstein argues that the theory had to be regarded as
The Persistence of Memory: Surreal Trajectories in Bohm's Theory
In this paper I describe the history of the surreal trajectories problem and argue that in fact it is not a problem for Bohm's theory. More specifically, I argue that one can take the particle
Book Reviews: Quantum Mechanics. Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony.
Why does one theory "succeed" while another, possibly clearer interpretation, fails? By exploring two observationally equivalent, yet conceptually incompatible, views of quantum mechanics, James T.
Relativistic Quantum Becoming
  • W. Myrvold
  • Philosophy
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 2003
In a recent paper, David Albert has suggested that no quantum theory can yield a description of the world unfolding in Minkowski spacetime. This conclusion is premature; a natural extension of
Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
Aiming to unravel the mystery of quantum mechanics, this book is concerned with questions about action-at-a-distance, holism, and whether quantum mechanics gives a complete account of microphysical
New Trajectory Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
It was shown by de Broglie and Bohm that the concept of a deterministic particle trajectory is compatible with quantum mechanics. It is demonstrated by explicit construction that there exists another
Physical Isolation and Marginalization in Physics: David Bohm's Cold War Exile
David Bohm's career as a postwar American physicist demonstrates the effects of the cold war on the theoretical physics of that period. Bohm was fired from Princeton University because of his
  • D. Bohm
  • Philosophy
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1962
Physics and Philosophy] by W. Heuenberg makes a very useful contribution to die literature on *h* interpretation of the quantum theory. It is of interest, first of all, because it can be regarded as
Bohmian Mechanics Revisited
We consider the problem of whether there are deterministic theories describing the evolution of an individual physical system in terms of the definite trajectories of its constituent particles and
On the Problem of Hidden Variables in Quantum Mechanics
The demonstrations of von Neumann and others, that quantum mechanics does not permit a hidden variable interpretation, are reconsidered. It is shown that their essential axioms are unreasonable. It