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Entropy 2018, 20(6), 440;

On a Common Misconception Regarding the de Broglie–Bohm Theory

School for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Wuppertal, Gaußstr. 20, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany
Received: 26 April 2018 / Revised: 30 May 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives)
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We discuss a common misconception regarding the de Broglie–Bohm (dBB) theory; namely, that it not only assigns a position to each quantum object but also contains the momenta as “hidden variables”. Sometimes this alleged property of the theory is even used to argue that the dBB theory is inconsistent with quantum theory. We explain why this claim is unfounded and show in particular how this misconception veils the true novelty of the dBB theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum theory; de Broglie–Bohm theory; contextuality quantum theory; de Broglie–Bohm theory; contextuality
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