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Everett, Hugh

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Works: 142 works in 203 publications in 2 languages and 5,851 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Other, Honoree
Classifications: QC174.12, 530.12
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The many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics : a fundamental exposition by Hugh Everett( )

16 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel interpretation of quantum mechanics, first proposed in brief form by Hugh Everett in 1957, forms the nucleus around which this book has developed. In his interpretation, Dr. Everett denies the existence of a separate classical realm and asserts the propriety of considering a state vector for the whole universe. Because this state vector never collapses, reality as a whole is rigorously deterministic. This reality, which is described jointly by the dynamical variables and the state vector, is not the reality customarily perceived; rather, it is a reality composed of many worlds. By virtue of the temporal development of the dynamical variables, the state vector decomposes naturally into orthogonal vectors, reflecting a continual splitting of the universe into a multitude of mutually unobservable but equally real worlds, in each of which every good measurement has yielded a definite result, and in most of which the familiar statistical quantum laws hold. The volume contains Dr. Everett's short paper from 1957, "'Relative State' Formulation of Quantum Mechanics," and a far longer exposition of his interpretation, entitled "The Theory of the Universal Wave Function," never before published. In addition, other papers by Wheeler, DeWitt, Graham, and Cooper and Van Vechten provide further discussion of the same theme. Together, they constitute virtually the entire world output of scholarly commentary on the Everett interpretation. Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Viele Welten : Hugh Everett III : ein Familiendrama zwischen Kaltem Krieg und Quantenphysik by Peter Byrne( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Byrne erzÃ|#x00A4;hlt die Lebensgeschichte von Hugh Everett III (1930-1982), dessen âviele Weltenâ Theorie der multiplen Universen die Physik und Philosophie entscheidend beeinflusst hat. Anschaulich und fÃ1/4r das breite Publikum zugÃ|#x00A4;nglich entwirft Byrne ein detailliertes PortrÃ|#x00A4;t des Genies, das eine erstaunliche Methode erfand, unser komplexes Universum von Innen zu beschreiben. Byrne verwendet hierbei bisher unverÃœffentlichte Schriften von Everett (die kÃ1/4rzlich im Keller seines Sohn entdeckt wurden) und zahlreiche Interviews mit Freunden, Arbeitskollegen und noch lebenden Familienmitgliedern. Everetts mathematisches Model (âUniversal Wave Functionâ) beschreibt alle denkbaren Ereignisse als âgleichwertig realâ und folgert, dass endlose Kopien jedes Menschen und Gegenstandes in allen nur denkbaren Strukturen existieren, die sich Ã1/4ber endlose Universen erstrecken: viele Welten. Everett, gezeichnet von Depressionen und Sucht, strebte danach, eine rational Ordnung in jene Wissenschaftsbereiche zu bringen, in denen ihm historisch bedeutende Rollen zukamen. Neben seiner berÃ1/4hmten Interpretation der Quantenmechanik verfasste Everett eine klassische Arbeit zur Spieltheorie. Zudem entwickelte er Computeralgorithmen, die die Forschung im Bereich der MilitÃ|#x00A4;reinsÃ|#x00A4;tze revolutionierten, und leistete Pionierarbeit auf dem Gebiet der kÃ1/4nstlichen Intelligenz fÃ1/4r streng geheime Regierungsprojekte. Ferner schrieb Everett die Grundsoftware zur Anzielung von StÃ|#x00A4;dten in einem Nuklearkrieg und er gehÃœrte zu den ersten Wissenschaftlern, die die Gefahr des nuklearen Winters erkannten. Als Kalter Krieger entwickelte er logische Systeme, die die ârationalenâ Verhaltensweisen von Mensch und Maschine darstellten, und war sich dennoch weitestgehend nicht des emotionalen Schadens bewusst, den sein eigenes irrationales Verhalten seiner Familie und seinen GeschÃ|#x00A4;ftspartnern zufÃ1/4gte. Everett starb sehr frÃ1/4h, hinterlieà jedoch ein faszinierendesLebenszeugnis, einschlieÃlich des Schriftverkehrs mit solch philosophisch geprÃ|#x00A4;gten Physikern wie Niels Bohr, Norbert Wiener und John Wheeler. Diese auÃergewÃœhnlichen Briefe werfen Licht auf Everetts langwierige und oftmals schmerzliche Anstrengungen, das Messproblem im Herzen der Quantenphysik zu erklÃ|#x00A4;ren. In den letzten Jahren gewann Everetts LÃœsung fÃ1/4r dieses mysteriÃœse Problem â" die Existenz eines Universums von Universen â" beachtlichen Zuspruch in Wissenschaftskreisen, nicht als Science Fiction, aber als ErklÃ|#x00A4;rung der physikalischen RealitÃ|#x00A4;t
The Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics : collected works 1955-1980 with commentary by Hugh Everett( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugh Everett III was an American physicist best known for his many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which formed the basis of his PhD thesis at Princeton University in 1957. Although counterintuitive, Everett's revolutionary formulation of quantum mechanics offers the most direct solution to the infamous quantum measurement problem--that is, how and why the singular world of our experience emerges from the multiplicities of alternatives available in the quantum world. The many-worlds interpretation postulates the existence of multiple universes. Whenever a measurement-like interaction occurs, the universe branches into relative states, one for each possible outcome of the measurement, and the world in which we find ourselves is but one of these many, but equally real, possibilities. Everett's challenge to the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics was met with scorn from Niels Bohr and other leading physicists, and Everett subsequently abandoned academia to conduct military operations research. Today, however, Everett's formulation of quantum mechanics is widely recognized as one of the most controversial but promising physical theories of the last century. In this book, Jeffrey Barrett and Peter Byrne present the long and short versions of Everett's thesis along with a collection of his explanatory writings and correspondence. These primary source documents, many of them newly discovered and most unpublished until now, reveal how Everett's thinking evolved from his days as a graduate student to his untimely death in 1982. This definitive volume also features Barrett and Byrne's introductory essays, notes, and commentary that put Everett's extraordinary theory into historical and scientific perspective and discuss the puzzles that still remain
Many worlds? : Everett, quantum theory, and reality by Simon Saunders( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does realism about the quantum state imply? What follows when quantum theory is applied without restriction, if need be, to the whole universe? These are the questions which are debated in this book. All the chapters start from the point of realism, and based on the need, or the aspiration, for a theory that unites micro- and macroworlds, at least in principle ... Twenty chapters ... focus first on the question of ontology, the existence of worlds, second on the interpretation of probability, and third on alternatives or additions to many worlds."--Publisher description
On the foundations of quantum mechanics by Hugh Everett( Book )

3 editions published between 1957 and 1963 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"3. Reversibility and irreversibility," version 2, handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Among Hugh Everett's files were a number of handwritten documents related to the writing of his thesis. Many of them were drafts of material that ultimately appeared in the long thesis. This document, one of two that were entitled "3 Reversibility and irreversibility," was found loose among his papers
"I. Introduction," handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Early drafts."
Recursive Games by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The published version of Hugh Everett's paper "Recursive Games." This paper was discussed at a conference at Princeton in 1955, and then in the volume "Contributions to the Theory of Games, Volume III", C. Berg and M. Dresher eds
Sketch of outline version 1 for long thesis, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne
"The Theory of the Universal Wave Function," long thesis as published, 1973 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hugh Everett's long thesis was submitted to John Archibald Wheeler, his doctoral thesis advisor, in January 1956 under the title "Quantum Mechanics by the Method of the Universal Wave Function.'' It was retitled "Wave Mechanics Without Probability'' and circulated in April of that year to several prominent physicists, including Niels Bohr. Largely due to the criticism of the long thesis by the Copenhagen colleagues, Everett and his advisor John Wheeler rewrote Everett's thesis in the winter of 1957 to produce a much shorter version, which Everett subsequently defended for his Ph.D. under the title "On the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.'' While the long thesis was organized around the quantum measurement problem and how it is best solved by pure wave mechanics, the short thesis presented Everett's relative-state formulation of pure wave mechanics more as a suitable theory for the development of quantum gravity, cosmology, and field theory. The short thesis no longer contains Everett's chapter on information theory and correlation, his survey of possible solutions to the measurement problem, or his extended discussion of the nature of physical theories. What remains is a distilled presentation of pure wave mechanics, his principle of the fundamental relativity of states, and his derivation of the standard quantum statistics. The short thesis was retitled for publication in Reviews of Modern Physics in July 1957 as "The `Relative State' Formulation of Quantum Mechanics.'' The version below closely follows the Reviews of Modern Physics article. The long thesis itself was not published until 1973 in the DeWitt and Graham Princeton University Press anthology. It was published under the title "The Theory of the Universal Wave Function." This document is a reproduction of the version of the thesis published in the DeWitt-Graham anthology
Sketch of outline version 2 for long thesis, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Among Hugh Everett's files were a number of handwritten documents related to the writing of his thesis. Some of them were early notes on ideas and material that ultimately appeared in the long thesis. This untitled document was found loose among his papers. It is one of several very early sketches of an outline of the thesis
"On the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics," short thesis as defended, 1957 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne
Fragment and drawing beginning with "Classical picture of information change…," circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Early drafts."
"Discrete approximations to continuous distributions," handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Early drafts."
Definitions and theorems related to correlation index, handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Correlation index."
"Nature of physical theory," handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Footnotes."
Transformations on probability distributions, handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Among Hugh Everett's files were a number of handwritten documents related to the writing of his thesis. This document, listing how probability distributions behave under various transformations, was found in a file labeled "Correlation index." This file contained various fragments of calculations, lists of definitions, and proofs of propositions related to correlation between random variable spaces
"IV. Observation," handwritten draft, circa 1956 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Recent drafts."
"V. Summary," handwritten draft, circa 1955 by Hugh Everett( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne, in a file labelled "Footnotes."
 
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Alternative Names
Everett, H.

Everett, H. 1930-1982

Everett, H. (Hugh)

Everett, Hugh III. 1930-1982

Hjū Everets

Hugh Everett

Hugh Everett Amerikaans natuurkundige en wiskundige

Hugh Everett Amerikaans wiskundige

Hugh Everett amerikai fizikus

Hugh Everett amerikansk fysiker och matematiker

Hugh Everett fizyk amerykański

Hugh Everett III American physicist, author of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics

Hugh Everett III amerikansk fysiker og matematiker

Hugh Everett III fisico statunitense

Hugh Everett physicien américain

Hugh Everett US-amerikanischer Physiker

Hugh Everett usona fizikisto

Г'ю Еверетт Американський фізик

Хју Еверет

Эверетт, Хью

יו אברט

هيو إيفرت الثالث

هیو اورت ریاضی‌دان و فیزیک‌دان آمریکایی

ヒュー・エヴェレット3世

休·艾弗雷特三世

休·艾弗雷特三世 美国物理学家

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