Bohmian Mechanics and Quantum Theory: An Appraisal / Edition 1

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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.

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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 25 papers 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; and comparisons and contrasts with other formulations of quantum mechanics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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.

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