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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bohr, Bohm, Born Before Born

From my monthly email from the Annals of Improbable Research" (">mini-AIR)

2012-11-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Bohr, Bohm, Born Before Born

This month's research spotlight aims at Bohm, Born, and all the buzz about quantum mechanics:

"Would Bohr Be Born If Bohm Were Born Before Born?" Hrvoje Nikolić, American Journal of Physics, vol. 76, no. 2, February 2008, pp. 143-6. <http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0702069> (Thanks to investigator Tom Roberts for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at Rudjer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia, explains:

"The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics was the first interpretation of quantum mechanics that achieved significant recognition among physicists. It was proposed very early by the developers of quantum mechanics, especially Bohr and Heisenberg. Later, many other interpretations of quantum mechanics were proposed...
I argue... that if some historical circumstances had been slightly different, it would have been very likely that the Bohm deterministic interpretation would have been proposed and accepted first. Consequently, this interpretation would be dominant today."