Riffing off his interest in an eccentric 16th-century scientist and astrologer, a science writer reflects,
But despite Jerome’s life story being relatively unfamiliar today, his experiences of what happens when people reject orthodoxy are not. The spirit of the Inquisition has never been fully extinguished; wherever the powerful are threatened by progress, they will suppress debate. Science has not escaped this phenomenon. Even something as fundamental as quantum mechanics, built on the twin pillars of probability and imaginary numbers that Jerome erected, has been stunted by censure. There are a number of examples even within this small area of physics, but perhaps none is more resonant of Jerome’s experience than the story of David Bohm.Michael Brooks, “he Spirit of the Inquisition Lives in Science” at Nautilus
Actually, Bohm’s biggest problem was that he was not a materialist.
The second problem is that Bohm’s pilot wave is odd—in a way that physicists call “nonlocal.” This means that the properties and future state of our photon are not determined solely by the conditions and actions in its immediate vicinity. The photon’s pilot wave and the photon’s wave function are linked to the wave function of the much, much larger system in which they sit—the wave function of the whole universe, effectively. So our photon can be instantaneously affected by something that happens half a universe away.Michael Brooks, “he Spirit of the Inquisition Lives in Science” at Nautilus
Just about everything except non-materialism is forgiven, despite the history.
More on Bohm later.
See also: What great physicists have said about immateriality and consciousness
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