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By James T. Cushing (auth.), James T. Cushing, Arthur Fine, Sheldon Goldstein (eds.)

We are usually instructed that quantum phenomena call for radical revisions of our clinical international view and that no actual idea describing good outlined items, akin to debris defined by means of their positions, evolving in a good outlined method, not to mention deterministically, can account for such phenomena. the nice majority of physicists proceed to join this view, although simply this kind of deterministic thought, accounting for the entire phe­ nomena of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, was once proposed by way of David Bohm greater than 4 a long time in the past and has arguably been round nearly because the inception of quantum mechanics itself. Our objective in asking colleagues to put in writing the essays for this quantity has now not been to provide a Festschrift in honor of David Bohm (worthy an venture as that may were) or to assemble jointly a suite of papers easily mentioning uncritically Bohm's perspectives on quantum mechanics. The valuable subject round which the essays during this quantity are prepared is David Bohm's model of quantum mechanics. It has by means of now develop into really general perform to consult his conception as Bohmian mechanics and to the bigger conceptual framework in which this is often situated because the causal quantum concept application. whereas it's real that you can have reservations in regards to the appropriateness of those particular labels, either do elicit distinc­ tive photographs attribute of the most important innovations of those ways and such terminology does serve successfully to distinction this classification of theories with extra general formulations of quantum theory.

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X, has the "right" distribution. But even if this were so (and it is), it would be devoid of physical significance! "u While Einstein's point is almost universally accepted among physicists, it is also very often ignored, even by the same physicists. We therefore elaborate: What possible physical significance can be assigned to an ensemble of universes, when we have but one universe at our disposal, 38 DETLEF DURR ET AL. the one in which we happen to reside? We cannot perform the very same experiment more than once.

Thus the quantum potential should not be regarded as fundamental, and we should not allow it to obscure, as it all too easily tends to do, the most basic structure defining Bohmian mechanics. We believe that the most serious flaw in the quantum potential formulation of Bohmian mechanics is that it gives a completely wrong impression of the lengths to which we must go in order to convert orthodox quantum theory into something more rational. 2 The quantum potential suggests, and indeed it has often been stated, that in order to transform SchrOdinger's equation into a theory that can account, in what are often called "realistic" terms, for quantum phenomena, many of which are dramatically 26 DETLEF DURR ET AL.

What is special about p = 1'1'1 2? What exactly does p = 1'1'1 2 mean - to precisely which ensemble does this probability distribution refer? And why should p = 1'1'1 2 be true? We have already said that what is special about the quantum equilibrium distribution p = 1'1'1 2 is that it is equivariant [see below Eq. (7)], a notion extending that of stationarity to the Bohmian dynamics (2), which is in general explicitly time-dependent. 1 for t of the order of a "relaxation time"). Such 'convergence to equilibrium' results- associated with the notions of 'mixing' and 'chaos' - are mathematically quite interesting.

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