The missing history of Bohm's hidden variables theory: The Ninth Symposium of the Colston Research Society, Bristol, 1957

Kožnjak, Boris The missing history of Bohm's hidden variables theory: The Ninth Symposium of the Colston Research Society, Bristol, 1957. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 62. pp. 85-97. ISSN 1355-2198

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Abstract

In this paper, I analyze the historical context, scientific and philosophical content, and the implications of the thus far historically largely neglected Ninth Symposium of the Colston Research Society held in Bristol at the beginning of April 1957, the first major international event after World War II gathering eminent physicists and philosophers to discuss the foundational questions of quantum mechanics, in respect to the early reception of the causal quantum theory program mapped and defended by David Bohm during the five years preceding the Symposium. As will be demonstrated, contrary to the almost unanimously negative and even hostile reception of Bohm's ideas on hidden variables in the early 1950s, in the close aftermath of the 1957 Colston Research Symposium Bohm's ideas received a more openminded and ideologically relaxed critical rehabilitation, in which the Symposium itself played a vital and essential part.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Institut za filozofiju
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 13:35
URI: http://eprints.ifzg.hr/id/eprint/813

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