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Revisiting the Genesis of ‘Many-Worlds'

Ackermann, Matthias (2020) Revisiting the Genesis of ‘Many-Worlds'. [Preprint]

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It is often claimed that Wheeler insisted on a revision and consequently shortening of Everett’s PhD thesis, partly because of his anticipation to reconcile the theory with Bohr’s approach. In this paper, I want to propose a reading of the historiography that renders Wheeler’s tenacity as admittedly benevolent but ultimately condemned to failure from the start. To this end I focus on the time of the genesis of Everett’s thesis, his associated dissatisfaction with the ‘Standard’ and ‘Copenhagen’ formulation of Quantum Mechanics and Wheeler as the driving force in denying his doctoral student to be part of the debate about measurement that happened in the second half of the 1950's. If it hadn’t been for a lack of knowledge and miscommunication (philosophical failure) we would presumably find ourselves in a different ‘branch' of history.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ackermann, Matthiasic19223@bristol.ac.uk0000-0002-5204-8888
Keywords: Everett, Wheeler, Copenhagen, Many-Worlds, Bohr
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Matthias Ackermann
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2020 01:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2020 01:31
Item ID: 16911
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: January 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16911

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