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The Undivided Universe : An Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Theory - David Bohm

The Undivided Universe

An Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Theory

Hardcover Published: 7th October 1993
ISBN: 9780415065887
Number Of Pages: 412

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In The Undivided Universe, Professor David Bohm, one of the foremost scientific thinkers of the day and one of the most distinguished physicists of his generation, presents a radically different approach to quantum theory. With Basil Hiley, his co-author and long-time colleague, an interpretation of quantum theory is developed which gives a clear, intuitive understanding of its meaning and in which there is a coherent notion of the reality of the universe without assuming a fundamental role for the human observer.
With the aid of new concepts such as active information together with non-locality, a comprehensive account of all the basic features of quantum theory is provided, including the relativistic domain and quantum field theory. The new approach is contrasted with other commonly accepted interpretations and it is shown that paradoxical or unsatisfactory features of the other interpretations, such as the wave-particle duality and the collapse of the wave function, do not arise. Finally, on the basis of the new interpretation, the authors make suggestions that go beyond current quantum theory and they indicate areas in which quantum theory may be expected to break down in a way that will allow for a test.

Introductionp. 1
Ontological versus epistemological interpretations of the quantum theoryp. 13
Causal interpretation of the one-body systemp. 28
The many-body systemp. 56
Transition processes considered as independent of observationp. 73
Measurement as a special case of quantum processp. 97
Nonlocalityp. 134
The large scale world and the classical limit of the quantum theoryp. 160
The role of statistics in the ontological interpretation of quantum theoryp. 181
The ontological interpretation of the Pauli equationp. 204
The ontological interpretation of boson fieldsp. 230
On the relativistic invariance of our ontological interpretationp. 271
On the many-worlds interpretationp. 296
Extension of ontological theories beyond the domain of quantum mechanicsp. 319
Quantum theory and the implicate orderp. 350
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780415065887
ISBN-10: 0415065887
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 7th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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