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What does realism about the quantum state imply? What follows when quantum theory is applied without restriction, if need be, to the whole universe? These are the questions which are debated in this book. All the chapters start from the point of realism, and based on the need, or the aspiration, for a theory that unites micro- and macroworlds, at least in principle. But the further claim argued by some is that if you allow the Schrödinger equation unrestricted application, supposing the quantum state to be something physically real, then this universe is one of countlessly many others, constan ... More

*Keywords: *
realism,
quantum state,
quantum theory,
universe,
Schrödinger equation,
many worlds theory,
Everett interpretation,
quantum mechanics,
time,
identity

Print publication date: 2010 | Print ISBN-13: 9780199560561 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.001.0001 |

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## Front Matter

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Many Worlds? An Introduction

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Simon Saunders

## PART I WHY MANY WORLDS?

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2 Quasiclassical Realms

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Jim Hartle

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3 Macroscopic Superpositions, Decoherent Histories, and the Emergence of Hydrodynamic Behaviour

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Jonathan Halliwell

## PART II PROBLEMS WITH ONTOLOGY

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4 Can the World be Only Wavefunction?

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Tim Maudlin

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5 A Metaphysician Looks at the Everett Interpretation1

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John Hawthorne

## PART III PROBABILITY IN THE EVERETT INTERPRETATION

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6 Chance in the Everett Interpretation

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Simon Saunders

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7 A Fair Deal for Everettians

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David Papineau

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8 How to Prove the Born Rule

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David Wallace

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9 Everett and Evidence

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Hilary Greaves and Wayne Myrvold

## PART IV CRITICAL REPLIES

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11 Probability in the Everett Picture

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David Albert

## PART V ALTERNATIVES TO MANY WORLDS

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13 Quantum Jumps, Born's Rule, and Objective Reality

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Wojciech Hubert Zurek

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14 Two Dogmas About Quantum Mechanics

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Jeffrey Bub and Itamar Pitowsky

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Rabid Dogma? Comments on Bub and Pitowsky

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Christopher Timpson

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16 De Broglie–Bohm Pilot‐Wave Theory: Many Worlds in Denial?

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Antony Valentini

## PART VI NOT ONLY MANY WORLDS

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17 Everett and Wheeler: the Untold Story

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Peter Byrne

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18 Apart from Universes

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David Deutsch

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19 Many Worlds in Context

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Max Tegmark

## End Matter

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