Monthly Archives: October 2013

The shadow becomes the substance: The documentary /4

By Paul Howard October 27, 2013

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Next on the planning agenda are the visuals. Where is filming going to take place, what are the locations that are going to provide the backdrop to the film and provide most of the visual material. Separate to actual locations, visuals may also include possible archival material to be sourced in libraries, which may be either moving picture and still footage or a combination of both. Animation may also be employed to illustrate ideas or situations that require illustration not possible through other practical means. In the case of the David Bohm film, animation may be employed to illustrate some of his science experiments relating, for example, to the behaviour of plasmas in metals, his hidden variables theory and his ideas on the implicate and explicate orders.  Separate to this however, a key location list will be drawn up, and if time and budget allow, these locations will become subject to a location scout where the locations will be visited in advance of filming. Detailed notes will be made by the director and/or cameraman and visual sequences planned in detail. Continue reading

David Bohm silenced by his colleagues

By David Peat October 13, 2013

One of the most shocking things about David Bohm’s life is the way he was silenced by the scientific community in the shape of J. Robert Oppenheimer. While in was in California Bohm became a member of Oppenheimer’s group and came to see Oppenheimer as a father figure. He attended Oppenheimer’s lectures and learned how the physicist has spent time with Neils Bohr in Copenhagen and discussed the meaning of the quantum theory.

When Bohm moved to Princeton he became a friend and neighbor of Einstein and continued to discuss quantum theory with him. He also decided to write a text book “Quantum Theory” that would present Niels Bohr’s approach in a clear way. But when the book was published Bohm began to have second thoughts. He now seemed to him that Bohr guilty of a degree of mystification? Rather than making the ultimate level of reality clear it had become in Bernard d’Espagnat’s words “a veiled reality”. Continue reading