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The devil is in the Notes' detail
on January 17, 2011
I would call it a typical Bernstein book: well written, good grasp of the subject and interspersed with personal annecdotes and encounters with the men who made it. Digression into the methaphysical aspects of quantum physics do not make it the best book Bernstein has ever written. I largely agree with all(!) previous written comments. Why then write another one? Because I cannot refrain at poking fun with Bernstein's own remarks....
In the Notes section of the book, he writes (p.208): "For a very interesting account of Bohm in Brazil, [... some text deleted ...] See also F. David Pate's biography of Bohm, Infinite Potential: The Life And Times Of David Bohm(New York: Basic Basic Book, 1997). The reader should be aware that this book contains many mistakes of detail. For example, Pate claims that Bohm and Richard Feynman were both graduate students of Oppenheimer's. Feynman was in fact a student of John Wheeler at Princeton. Allen Shenstone has become Allen Shelstone, Stirling A. Colgate is referred to as Stephen A. Colgate, etc., etc."
Sorry Jeremy, but Pate should be Peat.