The Essential David Bohm

The Essential David Bohm

The Essential David Bohm

The Essential David Bohm

Synopsis

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 Including three chapters of previously unpublished material, and a forward by the Dalai Lama, each reading has been selected to highlight some aspect of the implicate order process, and to provide an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.

Excerpt

David Bohm was a scientist well known for his work in quantum physics. I met him on several occasions and my personal impression of him as a human being was that although he was a famous scientist, he was neither arrogant nor proud. On the contrary, he was humble and easy to talk to. True to his scientific training he was unbiased and open-minded. Consequently, although he was mostly focused on his own field of scientific research, he was also interested in consciousness because of its implications with regard to the theories of quantum physics. Therefore, he also showed interest in some of the ancient Indian schools of philosophy.

He seems to have known Krishnamurti quite well and had stimulating interactions with him. When we met, he would ask about the Buddhist concept of interdependence and the corresponding theory of emptiness. For my part I had the opportunity to listen to him explain quantum physics on a number of occasions and I made some effort to understand these difficult ideas. Because he was the one I could question in detail about quantum mechanics, I consider him to have been one of my scientific 'gurus'.

November 17, 2001

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