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The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Jeffrey A. Barrett

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book presents the most comprehensive study yet of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s. The standard theory of quantum mechanics is in one sense the most ... More


The Theory of the Universal Wave Function

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter provides a detailed explanation of Everett's three works — his thesis “On the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics”, a short paper entitled “‘Relative State’ Formulation of Quantum ... More


The Determinate-Experience Problem

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins by discussing the problems encountered in interpreting Everett's assumption of the same appearances in pure wave mechanics as predicted by the standard collapse theory. The ... More


A Brief Introduction

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discuses two stock examples of quantum interference effects — the two-slit experiment and the Wigner's Stern–Gerlach experiment. It notes that each experiment shows the sort of quantum ... More


Composite Systems, Interaction, and Measurement

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198239802
eISBN:
9780191597466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198239807.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The three main issues in the foundations of quantum theory are measurement, non‐locality, and identical particles (quantum statistics). All of these pertain to the relations between different parts ... More


The Standard Formulation Of Quantum Mechanics

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins by discussing the foundations of Hugh Everett III's relative state theory, which he regards as a new, more general, and complete theory than the standard von Neumann–Dirac theory. ... More


Ascending to the Ultimate Multiverse

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

in Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156622
eISBN:
9780231527422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156622.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses the possible existence of a multiverse, which stemmed from Hugh Everett’s Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics. According to the law of quantum mechanics, a ... More


“The Big Time”: Multiple Worlds, Narrative Viewpoint, and Superspace

David Wittenberg

in Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249961
eISBN:
9780823252503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249961.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 3 begins by borrowing and adapting a methodological principle from Einstein's theory of special relativity, that all (narrative) viewpoints should be described in rigorously physical terms. ... More


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