[December 20, 1917 - October 27, 1992]
The Essential David Bohm (2002), Lee
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). Exploring the philosophical implication of both physics
and consciousness, Bohm's penchant for questioning scientific and social
orthodoxy was the expression of a rare and maverick intelligence.
For Bohm, the world of matter and the experience of consciousness were two
aspects of a more fundamental process he called the implicate order.
Without a working sensibility of what this implicate order might be, our
conceptions of the various threads of Bohm's work--whether in quantum
theory or social dialogue remain incomplete. But with an enhanced
understanding of such an order, the wholeness of Bohm's work becomes
apparent and accessible.
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unpublished material, each reading has been selected to highlight some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.
In March of 1960, the artist Charles Biederman wrote a one page,
spontaneous letter to David Bohm, the first of over four thousand pages of
correspondence that ended in 1969. This first volume of the Bohm-Biederman Correspondence, including letters between 1960 and
1962, is a cultural document which traces the fascinating exchange between
art and science, creativity and theory, a great physicist and an
Bohm-Biederman Correspondence: Creativity and Science(1999),
Paavo Pylkkänen, ed.
One of the most important factors that triggered such intense
correspondence between the two men was their shared interest in the
natural world. Approaching nature from different angles, the perspectives
of art and science meant that they complemented and in this sense needed
each other in order to obtain a fuller understanding. The two men also
felt a dissatisfaction with the dominant trends their fields. They shared
the idea that both in art and in physics, traditional views of nature had
become inadequate in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and
the mainstream had failed to respond adequately to new situations.
These letters give readers a rare opportunity to engage in a remarkable
transatlantic intellectual discussion between the prestigious physicist
and a great artist.
The Limits of Thought: Discussions between David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1999)
The penetrating dialogues between Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm
in The Limits of Thought, is the first time that an in-depth and
sustained discussion has been recorded between a leading religious teacher
and a prominent physicist. The starting point of their engaging exchange
is the question, "Has humanity taken a wrong turn, which has brought about
endless division, conflict, and destruction?"
Bohm and Krishnamurti explore the nature of humanity and a person's
relationship to society, and provide new insights on human thought, death,
awakening insight, cosmic order, and the problem of the fragmented mind.
At the heart of these discussions lies each of our own ideas about
ourselves, a consciousness made up of all sorts of misconceptions about
The friendly dialogue between Krishnamurti and Bohm, spanning almost
twenty-five years, probed some of the most essential questions of our very
On Dialogue is the most comprehensive documentation to date
of best-selling author David Bohm's dialogical world view. Bohm explores
the purpose, methods and meanings of the multi-faceted process he referred
to simply as "dialogue", suggesting that dialogue offers the possibility
of an entirely new order of communication and relationship with ourselves,
our fellows, and the world around us.
(1996, 2004), Lee Nichol, ed
Bohm's basic message is: if your views are correct, they do not need an
aggressive defense; if they are incorrect they do not deserve it and
realizing that is the beginning of dialogue. His book offers tools that
facilitate a true exchange of ideas between people.
The Undivided Universe (1993) with B.J. Hiley
In the The Undivided Universe, David Bohn and Basil Hiley
present a radically different approach to quantum theory. They develop an
interpretation of quantum mechanics which gives a clear, intuitive
understanding of its meaning and in which there is a coherent notion of
the reality of the universe without assuming a fundamental role for the
With the aid of new concepts such as active information together with
non-locality, they provide a comprehensive account of all the basic
features of quantum mechanics, including the relativistic domain and
quantum field theory.
It is shown that, with the new approach, paradoxical or unsatisfactory
features associated with the standard approaches, such as the
wave-particle duality and the collapse of the wave function, do not arise.
Finally, the authors make new suggestions and indicate some areas in which
one may expect quantum theory to break down in a way that will allow for a
The Undivided Universe is an important book especially because it
provides a different overall world view which is neither mechanistic nor
reductionist. This view will ultimately have radical implications not only
in physics but also in our general approach to all areas of life.
In Thought as a System, best-selling author David Bohm takes
as his subject the role of thought and knowledge at every level of human
affairs, from our private reflections on personal identity to our
collective efforts to fashion a tolerable civilization.
Thought as a System (1992)
Elaborating upon principles of the relationship between mind and matter
first put forward in Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Professor
Bohm rejects the notion that our thinking processes neutrally report on
what is `out there' in an objective world. Bohm carefully explores the
manner in which thought actively participates in forming our perceptions,
our sense of meaning and our daily actions. He suggests that collective
thought and knowledge have become so automated that we are in large part
controlled by them, with a subsequent loss of authenticity, freedom and
In conversations with fifty seminar participants in Ojai, California,
David Bohm offers a radical perspective on an underlying source of human
conflict and inquires into the possibility of individual and collective
Changing Consciousness: Exploring the Hidden Source of the Social, Political and
Environmental Crises Facing our World (1991) with Mark Edwards
On Creativity (1988, 2004), Lee Nichol, ed.
is fundamental to human experience. In On Creativity David Bohm,
the world-renowned scientist, investigates the phenomenon from all sides.
- How can science, when it is based on a narrow perspective of life,
ever understand the essence of natural problems since they occur in a much
wider context? In Science, Order & Creativity, David Bohm and F.
David Peat present a compelling argument that science, in fact, cannot
hope to provide answers when its approach is narrow and fragmented from
other disciplines such as philosophy, art, and religion. A revolutionary
approach to scientific inquiry, Science, Order & Creativity is an
accessible entry into the extraordinary work of one of the century's
greatest thinkers, David Bohm.
Science, Order and Creativity (1987, 2000)
with F. David Peat
The Future of Humanity: A Conversation (1986) with J.
The Ending of Time: 13 Dialogues (1985) with Jiddu
Unfolding Meaning: A weekend of
dialogue with David Bohm (1985, 1996), Donald Factor, ed.
Bohm discusses with a group of people from various backgrounds his
thoughts concerning mind, matter, meaning, the implicate order and a host
of other subjects.
- In this classic work David Bohm, writing clearly and without
technical jargon, develops a theory of quantum physics which treats the
totality of existence as an unbroken whole.
Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980, 1983)
- In this classic text, David Bohm explores Albert Einstein's
celebrated theory of relativity through inspiring and visionary lectures.
First published in 1905, Einstein's ideas forever transformed the way we
think about time and space. Yet for Bohm the implications of the theory
were far more revolutionary both in scope and impact even than this.
Stepping back from dense theoretical and scientific detail in this
eye-opening work, Bohm describes how the notion of relativity strikes at
the heart of our very conception of the universe, whether we are
physicists, philosophers or none of the above.
The Special Theory of Relativity (1965)
- An inaugural lecture
delivered at Birkbeck College, February 13, 1963.
Problems in the basic concepts of physics (1963)
Quanta and Reality: A Symposium
(1962) with N. R. Hanson and Mary B. Hesse
Papers from a symposium discussing the physical and philosophical
implications of quantum mechanics presented on BBC.
Causality and Chance in Modern Physics (1957,
Quantum Theory (1951, 1989)
This advanced undergraduate-level text provides a formulation of
the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts
outside classical theory. A broad range of specific applications follows,
worked out in considerable mathematical detail. Also included: an
examination of the relationship between quantum and classical concepts.
Kalachakra Meditations: Based on the Discussion Between J. Krishnmurti and David Bohm in the Ending of
Time (2005) by Ramesh Grover
Bridging Science and Spirit: Common Elements in David Bohm's Physics, the Perennial Philosophy and Seth (1997) by Norman Friedman
Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm (1996) by F. David Peat
David Bohm's World: New Physics and New Religion (1993) by Kevin J. Sharpe
Psychological Perspectives (A Semi-Annual Journal of Jungian Thought, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring-Summer 1988) (1988)
with Aniela Jaffe, Betty Wheelwright, David Bohm, Rupert Sheldrake,
Quantum Implications: Essays in Honour of David Bohm (1987), B.J. Hiley
and F. David Peat, eds.
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