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Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Simon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent, and David Wallace

Abstract

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560561
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Saunders, editor
University of Oxford

Jonathan Barrett, editor
University of Bristol

Adrian Kent, editor
University of Cambridge
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Contents

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PART I WHY MANY WORLDS?

PART II PROBLEMS WITH ONTOLOGY

PART III PROBABILITY IN THE EVERETT INTERPRETATION

PART IV CRITICAL REPLIES

PART V ALTERNATIVES TO MANY WORLDS

PART VI NOT ONLY MANY WORLDS