David Bohm

Physicist, Academic

1917 – 1992

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Who was David Bohm?

David Joseph Bohm FRS was an American theoretical physicist who contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, philosophy of mind, and neuropsychology. He is considered to be one of the theoretical physicists of the 20th century.

Bohm advanced the view that the old Cartesian model of reality was limited, in the light of developments in quantum physics. He developed in detail a mathematical and physical theory of implicate and explicate order to complement it. He also believed that the working of the brain, at the cellular level, obeyed the mathematics of some quantum effects, and postulated that thought was distributed and non-localised in the way that quantum entities do not readily fit into our conventional model of space and time.

Bohm warned of the dangers of rampant reason and technology, advocating instead the need for genuine supportive dialogue which he claimed could broaden and unify conflicting and troublesome divisions in the social world. In this his epistemology mirrored his ontological viewpoint. Due to his youthful Communist affiliations, Bohm was targeted during the McCarthy era, leading him to leave the United States.

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Dec 20, 1917
Also known as
  • David. Bohm
  • Ashkenazi Jews
  • Jewish people
  • Lithuanian Jews
  • Hungarian people
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
Lived in
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
Oct 27, 1992

on July 23, 2013


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