Causality and Chance in Modern Physics

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Feb 25, 1971 - Science - 170 pages
In this classic, David Bohm was the first to offer us his causal interpretation of the quantum theory. Causality and Chance in Modern Physics continues to make possible further insight into the meaning of the quantum theory and to suggest ways of extending the theory into new directions.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD BY LOUIS DE BROGLIE page
11
CAUSAlity AND CHANCE IN NATURAL LAW 1 Introduction
11
Causality in Natural Processes
11
Association v Causal Connection
11
Significant Causes in a Given Context
11
More General Criteria for Causal Relationships
11
Causal Laws and the Properties of Things
12
OnetoMany and ManytoOne Causal Relationships
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Wave Theory of Light
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Field Theory
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On the Question of What is the Nature of the Electromagnetic Field
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Field Theories and Mechanism
45
Molecular Theory of Heat and the Kinetic Theory of Gases
47
THE QUANTUM THEORY
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ALTERNATIVE INTERPRETATIONS
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A Specific Example of an Alternative Interpreta
111

Contingency Chance and Statistical Law
20
The Theory of Probability
25
General Considerations on the Laws of Nature
29
Conclusion
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THE PHILOSOPHY OF MECHANISM 1 Introduction
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The Philosophy of Mechanism
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Developments away from Mechanism in Classical Physics
39
MORE GENERAL CONCEPT OF NATURAL
130
More Detailed Exposition of the Meaning
137
Reciprocal Relationships and the Approximate
143
On the Abstract Character of the Notion
153
Reversibility versus Irreversibility of the Laws
160
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David Bohm (1917-1992) was an American-born British theoretical physicist who developed a causal, nonlocal interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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