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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 418-429

Misleading Signposts Along the de Broglie-Bohm Road to Quantum Mechanics

  • Michael K.-H. KiesslingAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Email author 

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Abstract

Eighty years after de Broglie’s, and a little more than half a century after Bohm’s seminal papers, the de Broglie–Bohm theory (a.k.a. Bohmian mechanics), which is presumably the simplest theory which explains the orthodox quantum mechanics formalism, has reached an exemplary state of conceptual clarity and mathematical integrity. No other theory of quantum mechanics comes even close. Yet anyone curious enough to walk this road to quantum mechanics is soon being confused by many misleading signposts that have been put up, and not just by its detractors, but unfortunately enough also by some of its proponents. This paper outlines a road map to help navigate ones way.

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Quantum mechanics de Broglie-Bohm theory