Synopses & Reviews
This is not a Festschrift in honor of David Bohm or a collection of papers simply stating uncritically a particular interpretation of quantum mechanics. Rather, it is a contribution to the serious and ongoing critical analysis, extension and application of the central ideas of David Bohm's version of quantum mechanics to test them for consistency, empirical adequacy and fruitfulness in generating new avenues of research. The papers in this volume are grouped around four main topics: the essentials of Bohmian mechanics; detailed applications and extensions of these basics; historical and conceptual analyses of the program; comparisons and contrasts with other formulations of quantum mechanics. This book will be of interest to physicists and to philosophers and historians of science - really to anyone concerned with foundational issues in quantum mechanics.
Synopsis
We are often told that quantum phenomena demand radical revisions of our scientific world view and that no physical theory describing well defined objects, such as particles described by their positions, evolving in a well defined way, let alone deterministically, can account for such phenomena. The great majority of physicists continue to subscribe to this view, despite the fact that just such a deterministic theory, accounting for all of the phe- nomena of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, was proposed by David Bohm more than four decades ago and has arguably been around almost since the inception of quantum mechanics itself. Our purpose in asking colleagues to write the essays for this volume has not been to produce a Festschrift in honor of David Bohm (worthy an undertaking as that would have been) or to gather together a collection of papers simply stating uncritically Bohm's views on quantum mechanics. The central theme around which the essays in this volume are arranged is David Bohm's version of quantum mechanics. It has by now become fairly standard practice to refer to his theory as Bohmian mechanics and to the larger conceptual framework within which this is located as the causal quantum theory program. While it is true that one can have reservations about the appropriateness of these specific labels, both do elicit distinc- tive images characteristic of the key concepts of these approaches and such terminology does serve effectively to contrast this class of theories with more standard formulations of quantum theory.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-397) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface.
I: Bohmian Mechanics: Background and Fundamentals. 1. The Causal Quantum Theory Program;
J.T. Cushing. 2. Bohmian Mechanics as the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics;
D. Dürr, et al. 3. Pilot-Wave Theory of Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology;
A. Valentini. 4. Contextuality in Bohmian Mechanics;
L. Hardy. 5. Global Existence and Uniqueness of Bohmian Trajectories;
K. Berndl. 6. Scattering Theory from a Bohmian Perspective;
M. Daumer. 7. Is Quantum Mechanics Universal?
P.R. Holland. II: Applications and Further Developments of Bohmian Mechanics. 8. The `Tunneling-Time Problem' for Electrons;
C.R. Leavens. 9. Local Bohmian Mechanics;
E.J. Squires. 10. About Position Measurements Which Do Not Show the Bohmian Particle Position;
Y. Aharonov, L. Vaidman. 11. An Ontological Interpretation of Boson Fields;
P.N. Kaloyerou. 12. De Broglie, Bohm and the Boson;
C. Dewdney, G. Horton. 13. A Realistic Formulation of Quantum Field Theory;
T.M. Samols. 14. Attaching Theories of Consciousness to Bohmian Quantum Mechanics;
D.N. Page. III: Historical, Conceptual and Philosophical Perspectives Related to Bohmian Mechanics. 15. Bohm and the `Inevitability' of Acausality;
M. Beller. 16. On the Interpretation of Bohmian Mechanics;
A. Fine. 17. Tension in Bohm's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics;
M. Baublitz, A. Shimony. 18. An Epistemological Critique of Bohmian Mechanics;
R. Collins. 19. Elementary Quantum Metaphysics;
D.Z. Albert. 20. Space-Time in the Quantum World;
T. Maudlin. 21. Cause and Effect in the Pilot-Wave Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics;
H.R. Brown, et al. 22. Is the Bohm Theory Local?
M. Dickson. IV: Comparisons with Some Other Programs. 23. Modal Interpretations and Bohmian Mechanics;
J. Bub. 24. Remarks on Consistent Histories and Bohmian Mechanics;
A. Kent. 25. Bohm' Theory Versus Dynamical Reduction;
G.-C. Ghirardi, R. Grassi. Bibliography. The Authors. Index.