Solving the Measurement Problem: De Broglie--Bohm Loses Out to Everett

  title={Solving the Measurement Problem: De Broglie--Bohm Loses Out to Everett},
  author={Harvey R. Brown and D. Wallace},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
Abstract The quantum theory of de Broglie and Bohm solves the measurement problem, but the hypothetical corpuscles play no role in the argument. The solution finds a more natural home in the Everett interpretation. 

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