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Some Worlds of Quantum Theory

@article{Butterfield2001SomeWO,
  title={Some Worlds of Quantum Theory},
  author={J. Butterfield},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
  year={2001}
}
  • J. Butterfield
  • Published 2001
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Quantum Physics
Abstract: This paper assesses the Everettian approach to the measurement problem, especially the version of that approach advocated by Simon Saunders and David Wallace. I emphasise conceptual, indeed metaphysical, aspects rather than technical ones; but I include an introductory exposition of decoherence. In particular, I discuss whether---as these authors maintain---it is acceptable to have no precise definition of 'branch' (in the Everettian kind of sense). (A version of this paper will… Expand
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