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Hugh Everett handwritten draft letter to Bryce S. DeWitt, 31-May-1957
Everett, Hugh
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Special Collections
Hugh Everett III Manuscripts
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This material is provided for private study, scholarship, or research. Transmission or reproduction of any material protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. The authors or their heirs retain their copyrights to the material. Unless otherwise indicated, the original files were donated to the American Institute of Physics ( For permission to publish, contact Jeffrey A. Barrett, representative for the Everett estate,
Scope/Content: As a close friend and collaborator of J.A. Wheeler's, Bryce S. DeWitt was one of the first people to see a draft of the short version of Hugh 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 handwritten draft/outline of the letter that Everett ultimately sent.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 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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