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Worlds in the Everett Interpretation

Wallace, David (2001) Worlds in the Everett Interpretation. [Preprint]

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    This is a discussion of how we can understand the world-view given to us by the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics, and in particular the role played by the concept of `world'. The view presented is that we are entitled to use `many-worlds' terminology even if the theory does not specify the worlds in the formalism; this is defended by means of an extensive analogy with the concept of an `instant' or moment of time in relativity, with the lack of a preferred foliation of spacetime being compared with the lack of a preferred basis in quantum theory. Implications for identity of worlds over time, and for relativistic quantum mechanics, are discussed.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Everett interpretation Preferred Basis Decoherence Spacetime Foliation
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: David Wallace
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 208
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/208

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