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Bohm, David, 1917-1992
Oral history interview with David Bohm, 1986 June 6, 12, July 7, September 25, October 3, December 22, 1987 January 30, February 6, 27, March 6, April 3 and 16.
This twelve session interview with David Bohm covers his life and career in quantum physics. Topics discussed include: his family background and early influences; his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University (1935-1939); introduction to quantum mechanics; his time at the California Institute of Technology (1939-1940) and his thesis on calculating scattering of light from a nebular gas cloud; University of California, Berkeley (1941-1943); political interests and activity including Marxism, socialism, communism, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (1943-1946); electrostatic focusing, nature of plasma, particle spin; effects of the atomic bombs on science and society; research associate for J. Robert Oppenheimer (1946-1947); superconductivity; Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study (1947-1950); wrote Quantum Theory; structure of elementary particles; meeting of theoretical physicists in the Pocono mountains circa 1948, attended by notable scientists including Julian Schwinger, Victor Weisskopf, Niels Bohr, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman; the end of his career in the United States; plasma and quantum theory research with Eugene Gross and David Pines; quantum theory book included theories of Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Eugene Wigner, Erwin Schrodinger; the Un-American Acitivities Committee; University of Sao Paolo, Brazil (1951); work with Walter Schutzer, Ralph Shiller, Mario Schoenberg; visit to Jeanne-Pierre Vigier in Paris and Eric Burrup in England; lecturer at the Technion (Technical University), Israel (circa 1955-1956); University of Bristol, research associate (1957-1961); visit with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, 1957; work on electron beams and flux in a magnetic field with Yack Aharonov; work on plasmas and the separation of the individual and collective behavior with Gidon Carmi; Birkbeck College, University of London (1961-1987); correspondence with Charles Biederman; his intellectual philosophies; discussions with Niels Bohr about his ideas on cosmology; integration of quantum mechanics and relativity; discussions with Krishnamurti; and the importance of dialogue in science.
American-born British quantum physicist who made contributions in the fields of theoretical physics, philosophy and neuropsychology, and to the Manhattan project.
Aharonov, Yakir, 1932-
Biederman, Charles J.
Bohm, David, 1917-1992
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Gross, Eugene P., 1926-
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958
Pines, David, 1924-
Schoenberg, Mario, 1914-1990
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994.
Vigier, Jean-Pierre, 1920-
Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995
Birkbeck College
California Institute of Technology
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.).
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.
Pennsylvania State University.
Ṭekhniyon, Makhon ṭekhnologi le-Yiśraʾel
Universidade de São Paulo
University of Bristol.
University of California, Berkeley.
University of London.
Atomic bomb -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Electron beams.
Light -- Scattering.
Magnetic fields.
Particles (Nuclear physics)
Plasma -- Research.
Quantum theory
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Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004 interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA