The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary Jeffrey A Barrett

ISBN: 9781400842742

Published: May 20th 2012

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The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary  by  Jeffrey A Barrett

The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary by Jeffrey A Barrett
May 20th 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 392 pages | ISBN: 9781400842742 | 6.37 Mb

Hugh Everett III was an American physicist best known for his many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which formed the basis of his PhD thesis at Princeton University in 1957. Although counterintuitive, Everetts revolutionary formulation of quantum mechanics offers the most direct solution to the infamous quantum measurement problem--that is, how and why the singular world of our experience emerges from the multiplicities of alternatives available in the quantum world.

The many-worlds interpretation postulates the existence of multiple universes. Whenever a measurement-like interaction occurs, the universe branches into relative states, one for each possible outcome of the measurement, and the world in which we find ourselves is but one of these many, but equally real, possibilities. Everetts challenge to the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics was met with scorn from Niels Bohr and other leading physicists, and Everett subsequently abandoned academia to conduct military operations research.

Today, however, Everetts formulation of quantum mechanics is widely recognized as one of the most controversial but promising physical theories of the last century.In this book, Jeffrey Barrett and Peter Byrne present the long and short versions of Everetts thesis along with a collection of his explanatory writings and correspondence. These primary source documents, many of them newly discovered and most unpublished until now, reveal how Everetts thinking evolved from his days as a graduate student to his untimely death in 1982.

This definitive volume also features Barrett and Byrnes introductory essays, notes, and commentary that put Everetts extraordinary theory into historical and scientific perspective and discuss the puzzles that still remain.



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