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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reissue edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415289793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415289795
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Bohm is a tremendously exciting thinker, and this is undoubtedly a book of the first importance -- Colin Wilson

I find his concept of wholeness extraordinarily appealing... -- John P. Wiley Jnr., Smithsonian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Bohm (1917-92). Renowned physicist and theorist who was one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Peter FYFE on 21 May 2004
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At its heart, David Bohm awe-inspiring book explores a deceptively simple and [I think] very old idea: everything in the universe that we can observe, measure, describe, and come to understand is connected, even if we cannot observe, measure, describe and come to understand that connection (Bohm's "implicate order"). It's not for the faint hearted. You'll be confronted with a devastatingly beautiful philosophical insight that completely undermines our post-"enlightenment" western tendency to divide, conquer, fragment and isolate everything we attempt to understand. You may need to skip the mathematical chunks and do some background reading into Quantum physics to survive the rigours of the argument. You'll probably get frustrated at Bohm's winsome ability to be mathematician and physicist one minute and philosopher and mystic the next. But if you hang in there, you'll find yourself returning again and again to contemplate this profound contribution to occidental thinking, as I have.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The holo-man on 6 Jan. 2008
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This book deserves to be better known - it should be as popular as the "Tao of Physics". The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that there are sections that don't live up to the claim to be written without technical jargon. But don't let that put you off as it mainly concerns just one chapter and, while the rest of the book may require a little intellectual exercise, it is well worth the effort so that you can share Bohm's view of the universe as a holomovement. He even resolves the problem of non-locality and thus reconciles the differences between quantum theory and relativity. Bohm has taken science forward, it is just a pity that so few have followed him.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By MR P J TURNER on 15 Jan. 2002
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This is a superbly written exposition of intriguing ideas on the nature of reality. I have not studied Physics but was able to understand the key concepts used to convey Bohm's theory. Bohm's key idea is that reality is a totality in movement and can not be completely grasped by fragmented and static thought. Rather we must allow our own understanding to move and change with what we observe to stay closer to reality. Deep, enlightening and insightful stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicholas hargreaves on 5 Dec. 2012
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The first three chapters of this book,use philosophy and etymology to reposition the fragmentary belief systems prevalent in modern physics and further incorporate them as sub-sets in the larger framework of a wholly inclusive higher dimensional reality,of which our experiential existence is but a projection.
The middle section of the book is a mathematical treatment of an attempt to prove that it is possible to introduce new concepts into Quantum theory,that while still giving the same results,support the idea that certain hidden variables are responsible for as yet unexplained experimental phenomena,such as the paradox of Einstein,Rosen Podolsky(spooky action at a distance) and electron interference patterns (two slit experiment).This section is particularly heavy going for the general reader,although the explanations between equations do elucidate what is generally implied.
Finally the last chapters round up the previous lines of thought and use the example of the Hologram and its enfoldment of information,to explain this theory of wholeness and how consciousness and matter can be interrelated and our explicate reality is born out of an implicate reality.
This is,not to my mind,a book aimed at a general readership as is implied in some other reviews.I couldn't help thinking that large sections could have been more clearly written and more examples and allegory used particularly in the first half.It is technical in many places and quite verbose due to the academic standards of its author.However if you are a reader of popular science then it shouldn't present any difficulties although "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot is a less rigorous treatment and extension of the same theory that has more appeal to the general reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angus Jenkinson VINE VOICE on 14 May 2013
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Bohm's thinking on wholeness had great significance for my work in thinking about the integrated organisation and integrated marketing. Bohm is acknowledged as one of the major physicists of the 20th century, but his thinking led to a position that challenged the conventions of the time. In an attempt to resolve the divide between relativity theory and quantum theory, he postulated an underlying deeper order that united the two (the implicate order). I'm not convinced that this will win through in the end, at least not in the form that he outlines it, but in the process of doing this he outlines and discovers the fundamental of wholeness that underpins and permeates all reality. He also comes to an awareness of the importance of thought itself and the means by which the kinds of thoughts that we have determine the kind of reality that we have, so that the fragmented nature of science, and human knowledge more generally, as taught leads to a fragmented view of the universe. Moreover as long as we give prominence to the analytical mode this will always be the case. Other forms of thinking, for example analogic, circular and Zen give rise to quite different modes of knowing. Moreover the observation of thinking itself as a dynamic flow leads to a quite other understanding of the nature of consciousness, life and the universe. This led him to his work on dialogue and has parallels with Whitehead's Process and Reality and Heidegger
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