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Hugh Everett letter to Bryce S. DeWitt, 31-May-1957
Everett, Hugh
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Hugh Everett III Manuscripts
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Scope/Content: As a close friend and collaborator of Wheeler's, DeWitt was one of the first people to see a draft of the short version of Everett's thesis (he did not read the longer version until much later, as is evidenced by some of the complaints in this letter). In May 1957, DeWitt wrote a long and thoughtful letter to Wheeler about how Everett's theory had conceptual parallels with Einstein's theory of general relativity. At the end of that month, Everett sent his reply. This document is a copy of the letter that Everett sent. In response to DeWitt's insistence that he has direct introspective evidence that he does not split, Everett draws an analogy with anti-Copernicans, who argued that they had direct evidence that the world did not move. Based on much later remarks, it seems that DeWitt was convinced by Everett's rejoinder.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2008 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne.
Quantum mechanics
Quantum measurement problem
Pure wave mechanics
Relative states, branches, and worlds
Philosophy of science
DeWitt, Bryce S.
Everett, Hugh III
Hugh Everett III Correspondence

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