Foundations of Physics

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 93–109 | Cite as

On the intuitive understanding of nonlocality as implied by quantum theory

  • D. J. Bohm
  • B. J. Hiley


We bring out the fact that the essential new quality implied by the quantum theory is nonlocality; i.e., that a system cannot be analyzed into parts whose basic properties do not depend on the state of the whole system. This is done in terms of the causal interpretation of the quantum theory, proposed by one of us (D.B.) in 2952, involving the introduction of the “quantum potential.” We show that this approach implies a new universal type of description, in which the standard or canonical form is always supersystem-system-subsystem; and this leads to the radically new notion of unbroken wholeness of the entire universe. Finally, we discuss some of the implications of extending these notions to the relativity domain, and in so doing, we indicate a novel concept of time, in terms of which relativity and quantum theory may eventually be brought together.


Basic Property Quantum Theory Canonical Form Causal Interpretation Intuitive Understanding 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Bohm
    • 1
  • B. J. Hiley
    • 1
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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