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May 13, 1996 0415119669 978-0415119665 Reissue
In his classic work, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, David Bohm develops a theory of quantum physics which treats the totality of existence, including matter and consciousness, as an unbroken whole.
David Bohm presents a rational and scientific theory which explains cosmology and the nature of reality; written clearly, and without the use of technical jargon, it is essential reading for those interested in physics, philosophy, psychology and the connection between consciousness and matter.
David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and distinguished theoretical physicists of his generation. His best-known works include: Quantum Theory,Causality and Chance in Modern Physics and The Undivided Universe.

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"Bohm is a tremendously exciting thinker, and this is undoubtedly a book of the first importance." -- Colin Wilson

"Wholeness and the Implicate Order, for all its demands on the reader, is one of the most important books of our time." -- Resurgence

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David Bohm was one of the foremost scientific thinkers and distinguished physicists of his generation. His best known works include Quantum Theory and The Undivided Universe.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reissue edition (May 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415119669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415119665
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Bohm treats the totality of existence as an unbroken whole. His implicate order conncept: that any independent element in our universe contains within it the sum of all elements, i.e the sum of all existence itself. He describes an enfolding-unfolding universe with consciousness playing a central role. He was a great thinker ahead of his time. This classic work captures a good cross section of his ideas.
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238 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Bohmian Quantum Mechanics November 23, 2002
The Stochastic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics was developed over a number of years, starting with Louis DeBroglie's 'pilot wave' innovation, then being much further refined by Jean Paul Vigier, and later David Bohm and Brian Hiley of University of London. Much of the theoretical basis for their work rests on the split photon experiments of Alain Aspect and colleagues at the University of Paris. I.e. Aspect et al evidently found 'correlations' between the polarizations of separated photons at significant (~ 12 m) distances.
All of which is the underpinning for David Bohm's book, 'Wholeness and The Implicate Order'. The book perfectly ties together all the loose ends and integrates them - starting with hidden variables theory, going on to the quantum potential and finally the explicate and implicate order.
In the most general sense, the apparently 'fragmented' universe we behold- made of disparate stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters etc. is the explicate order. The outwardly manfest reality occurring in 4 dimensional space time. However, we cannot be sure that at a higher dimensionality all the fragmented forms are not unified.
A good illustration is one that Bohm himself provides in this superb monograph. Imagine a fish in an aquarium tank and two TV cameras are trained on him. One captures his frontal view - the other his lateral view. These images are transmitted to two separate screens-monitors in another room. The casual observer on encountering the TV monitors most probably would infer two separate fish. But in fact they constitute one fish at the higher (3D) dimensionality.
This unified order would be described as 'implicate' - and one can ascertain that the explicate order is or can be 'enfolded' into it. In effect, one confronts a universe that has deceived our senses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not quite ready for this book July 22, 2001
What Freud is to psychoanalysis, Thomas Merton and Aquinas are to Christian theology and spirituality, Maimonedes is to Judaism, Picasso is to modern art, Armstrong, Ellington, Parker and Coltrane are to jazz and Einstein is to the first half of the twentieth century in terms of science, is what this man and this book will probably be for the next hundred or so years of our culture. I am still having a hard time with this book, because he reifies and affirms so many of my most cherished intuitions regarding spirituality via using the highest brand of intellectuallisms one can probably hope to use in today's world--AND VICE VERSA.
I would recommend anyone who finds the majesty of today's world and its endeavors to bridge the gap between science and spirituality fascinating to read first the work of his would be disciples: Michael Talbot (the Holographic Universe) and Jenny Wade (Changes of Mind). They will prepare both your mind and heart for what Bohm elucidates in this book, the central one of his life, thought and career.
Nonetheless, this book effectively bridges the gap, and becomes in may ways the blue print by which the highest level of consciousness and perspective achievable in the context of Western Society today will be henceforth embraced and appreciated. Bohm was one of the most important thinkers in Western culture, not just our time or the last century. And this incredible challange of a work of his may not take you half as long to fully digest as it is taking me, but it will open your eyes in ways that you would not expect about possibility, mind, matter, energy, thought, order and existence in the universe. The yogis and the Memphite priests of ancient Egypt were right: here is the proof by the highest science.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the better books on the philosophical premises and implications of the physics of the twentieth century. Although Bohm lost some favor among his contemporaries as he aged, his work was still respected. Without a strong math background, the middle chapters get a bit tough, but it is still worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As easy as wrestling a hologram! May 20, 2004
At its heart, David Bohm's 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Variable
This book is based on a collection of essays on topics that include language, consciousness and physics. It is, in turns, readable and thought provoking to highly technical. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Steven Daut
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book
Brilliant: Bohm fundamentally challenges accepted ways of seeing and experiencing "Reality". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bryant Rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep
My physics is decades old; but I was able to follow this attempt to lay a common base for physics and philosophy without too much effort. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joel
4.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic
For me, David Bohm has demonstrated his vision of the infinite universe with tremendous clarity and simplicity. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. J. Zader
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Text on contemporary physics
This book is always on my best list and it is effective to have the kindle version that I can refer to at any time.
Published 14 months ago by nicholra
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good so far
I'm through chapter 3 and am thrilled by it. I expect to struggle when he starts writing in physics-speak, but his declarations concerning fragmentation of an undivided reality... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jon Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound insight
In this work, influenced by his dialogues with Jiddu Krishnamurti, Bohm treats reality as an undivided totality, from which form emanates, or "unfolds". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Benjamin Steigmann
4.0 out of 5 stars fragmented wholeness
This is an unusual book. Bohm was one of the deeper thinkers, and this book is a challenge to many generally prevailing views. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ian J. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Krishnamurti meets modern science
David Bohm's "Wholeness and the Implicate Order" is a curious book. Modern quantum physics meet Henri Bergson, Advaita Vedanta and presumably Jiddu Krishnamurti. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars fine new thinking
This book makes a good case for a dynamic view of existence. It might be considerred continuous creation. Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by Quark Master
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