In his preface, Bohm writes: "Quantum theory is the result of long and successful efforts of physicists to account correctly for an extremely wide range of experimental results, which the previously existing classical theory could not even begin to explain. It is not generally realized, however, that the quantum theory represents a radical change, not only in the content of scientific knowledge, but also in the fundamental conceptual framework in terms of which such knowledge can be expressed... To provide such a formulation of the quantum theory at a relatively elementary level is the central aim of this book." Written in 1950/51, this would have been an essential text for any budding physicist, offering an introduction to the newest scientific theory of the day.
David Joseph Bohm FRS (1917–1992) was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, contributin unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind. He considered that the old Cartesian model of reality – that there are two kinds of substance, the mental and the physical, that somehow interact – was too limited. To complement it, he developed a mathematical and physical theory of "implicate" and "explicate" order. He also believed that the brain, at the cellular level, works according to the mathematics of some quantum effects, and postulated that thought is distributed and non-localised just as quantum entities are. He warned of the dangers of rampant reason and technology, advocating instead the need for genuine supportive dialogue.
Our book is in good condition for its age, bound in blue cloth with ?gilt/yellow title etc on front and spine. The exterior is somewhat age-worn - bumped corners, various small marks on the covers, some shelf wear to top & tail of spine, rubbing of edges and angles - but without frank damage. No dust jacket. Inside, the binding is firm (apart from one weak point at the back - see photo) with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright. Previous owner's name inscribed neatly in ink on front fep. A very nice copy of a rare book.