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The Early History of David Bohm’s Quantum Mechanics Through the Perspective of Ludwik Fleck’s Thought-Collectives

  • Christian ForstnerEmail author


This paper analyses the early history of David Bohm’s mechanics from the perspective of Ludwik Fleck’s thought-collectives and shows how the thought-style of the scientific community limits the possible modes of thinking and what new possibilities for the construction of a new theory arise if these limits are removed.


David Bohm  Quantum mechanics  Cold War  History of physics 20th century 



Thanks are due to the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science for supporting this study. For many helpful suggestions and discussions I thank the Minerva referees, Carsten Reinhardt, Christoph Meinel, Skùli Sigurdsson, Christoph Lehner, and Erik Banks.


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  1. 1.Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und TechnikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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