The Quantum mechanics of cosmology

  title={The Quantum mechanics of cosmology},
  author={James B. Hartle},
Notes from the lectures by the author at the 7th Jerusalem Winter School 1990 on Quantum Cosmology and Baby Universes. The lectures covered quantum mechanics for closed systems like the universe, generalized quantum mechanics, time in quantum mechanics, the quantum mechanics spacetime, and practical quantum cosmology. References have not been updated. 
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