By David Bohm

During this vintage, David Bohm used to be the 1st to provide us his causal interpretation of the quantum concept. Causality and likelihood in smooth Physics keeps to make attainable extra perception into the which means of the quantum conception and to indicate methods of extending the idea into new instructions.

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7. ” Faraday, Maxwell, and other scientists of the time had postulated that all space is full of a very fine medium that they called the “ether”. They supposed that, like air and water, this medium could support internal stresses and could therefore undergo wave motion. The internal stresses of the ether manifested themselves to us as electric and magnetic fields. They also hoped in this way to explain gravitational forces, as a different kind of internal stress of the ether. Many experiments were therefore done with the purpose of finding direct experimental evidence of the existence of the ether, among the most famous of which was the Michelson-Morley experiment.

This leads to an expression of the force acting on a given body at a certain time in terms of the motions of all the bodies, over a period of time that becomes infinite if we wish thus to take into account the effects of sources of electromagnetic radiations that are arbitrarily far away from the body in question. To specify the motions of all bodies over all time is, however, not only a clumsy procedure, which would obviously be inadequate to treat even a simple problem such as the propagation of a radio wave along a wave guide; but it also does not seem to be the specification that corresponds to the form that physical laws take as one considers a broader or deeper range of problems.

Light shows a similar behaviour. Thus, if a very fine wire is viewed with the aid of a distant light the outlines of the wire seem to be indistinct. This phenomenon is known as diffraction. But if we take a large object, such as a house, the bending of the light waves as they pass the edge of the house is negligible and the light effectively goes in a practically straight line, as if it were made up of small particles moving in a straight line. ” Since light is transmitted through a vacuum, it is clear that light-waves are not carried in any common material medium, as are the waves of water and sound.

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