The Finite Potential: Asking the Forbidden Questions

One of the troubling things about modern (“quantum”) physics, and which lends a dangerous feeling of esotericism to the field, is the list of proscriptions it often comes with: we can’t know this, you’re not allowed to ask that, you’re asking the wrong question. What makes David Bohm a hero to me has less to do with the particular view of the quantum world he championed than with his courage in general to ask whatever he wanted to. Much of the “conventional” view of quantum mechanics is summarized by the debates Bohr & Einstein had at the 1927 Solvay conference,