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Some Worlds of Quantum Theory

Butterfield, Jeremy (2001) Some Worlds of Quantum Theory. [Preprint]


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Abstract: This paper assesses the Everettian approach to the measurement problem, especially the version of that approach advocated by Simon Saunders and David Wallace. I emphasise conceptual, indeed metaphysical, aspects rather than technical ones; but I include an introductory exposition of decoherence. In particular, I discuss whether---as these authors maintain---it is acceptable to have no precise definition of 'branch' (in the Everettian kind of sense). (A version of this paper will appear in a CTNS/Vatican Observatory volume on Quantum Theory and Divine Action, ed. Robert Russell et al.)

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Item Type: Preprint
Butterfield, Jeremy
Keywords: Measurement problem, decoherence, Everett, Many Worlds, Saunders, Wallace
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 203

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