Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm

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Date: Mar. 28, 1997
From: Science(Vol. 275, Issue 5308)
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Document Type: Book review
Length: 764 words

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"I seem to have only one strong emotion left -- and that is hatred for the forces that have destroyed so many human beings, including myself For relative to what I could have been, I regard myself as destroyed." So wrote the physicist David Bohm, who was perhaps our most profound thinker about the nature of quantum reality, in a letter written from Brazil at about the middle of his life in 1954.

It would be natural to conclude that the passion expressed here was a response to Bohm's treatment by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which in 1949 cited him for contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify against his colleagues concerning their possible communist connections; and to the treatment by the powers of American academia, which, despite his acquittal in 1951, cut short his employment as a professor at Princeton University, made him persona non grata at the Institute for Advanced Study, and prevented him from obtaining serious employment as a physicist anywhere in the United States.

But that conclusion would not be entirely correct, at least not with regard to the story told by David Peat...

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