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Causality and Chance in Modern Physics

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Whereas the fundamental laws of physics were regarded as strictly deterministic until the early twentieth century, developments in modern physics have led many physicists to conclude that such determinism is not valid and that the basic laws are statistical in nature. In Causality and Chance in Modern Physics, Professor Bohm criticizes these notions. He argues that determi ...more
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Published January 1st 1971 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Shea Levy
Sep 25, 2015 Shea Levy rated it it was amazing
In this book, David Bohm explores the concepts of causality, chance, and natural law as they arise in and apply to physics. After a general overview presenting his views on the subject and contrasting them with the mechanism/reductionism that is common amongst physicists, he explores the development of classical, relativistic, and quantum physics through both lenses. In discussing quantum mechanics, he concludes that the usual (Copenhagen) interpretation requires abandoning concepts of causality ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing
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I think this is the best book about the fundamental assumptions of science I have ever read. David Bohm is one of the wisest and open-minded thinkers I've ever encountered. He believes that science should be based on the assumption of the "qualitative infinity of nature." We shouldn't assume that anything is what it is absolutely. "Any given set of qualities and properties of matter and categories of laws expressed in terms of these qualities and properties is applicable only within limited cont ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Jake rated it really liked it
Definitely an interesting read. Bohm is engaging and friendly to the uninitiated without sacrificing too much rigor. Bohm's project is to challenge the dominant interpretation of quantum mechanics, and in doing so he develops a philosophy of nature that provides a deep conceptual framework which puts the relationships between scientific practice, human knowledge, and the terminus of scientific inquiry in a new light while providing a general critique of certain mechanistic presuppositions inheri ...more
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Jan 15, 2016 Christine Cordula Dantas rated it it was amazing
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An excellent book by David Bohm, intertwining physics and philosophy (a rare combination in these days), in a clear, interesting viewpoint, with a well-written historical development of fundamental concepts. His criticism and unique view of science, as nicely described in this text, make it an obligatory reading for professionals as well as the general reader. His philosophical position, highlighting the infinitely qualitative nature of the Universe, reminded me of Spinoza, Schelling; and Bergso ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
I read and enjoyed the first three chapters. Interesting philosophy of science. The fourth chapter was too science heavy for me, over my head, and I put it down.
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David Joseph Bohm (December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992) was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind.
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“At any particular stage in the development of science, our concepts concerning the causal relationships will then be true only relative to a certain approximation and to certain conditions.” 1 likes
“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 it 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 approximately what we find on analysis in certain contexts and under suitable conditions. To” 0 likes
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