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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
    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 11:10
    Item ID: 203
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/203

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