Self-locating Uncertainty and the Origin of Probability in Everettian Quantum Mechanics

  title={Self-locating Uncertainty and the Origin of Probability in Everettian Quantum Mechanics},
  author={Charles T. Sebens and S. Carroll},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={25 - 74}
  • C. Sebens, S. Carroll
  • Published 29 May 2014
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
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