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John Wheeler letter to Hugh Everett, 22-May-1956
Wheeler, John A.
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Special Collections
Hugh Everett III Manuscripts
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Scope/Content: In spring of 1956, John Wheeler was in residence at the Lorentz Institute in Leiden, Netherlands. In May, he visited Copenhagen and spent some time talking to Niels Bohr and others about Hugh Everett's thesis. Before he left for Europe, Wheeler was confident that Everett would finish his thesis and graduate before Fall, 1956. By April, however, Everett has begun to question this assessment—even though he already plans to go to work for the Pentagon in June, 1956. Donald Hamilton, another Princeton physicist, wrote to Wheeler to ask if Wheeler agreed that Everett may need to continue in the fall. This is Wheeler's response to that letter from Hamilton, sent directly to Everett, in which Wheeler says that he thought Everett would be ready to graduate by fall, and that he is surprised to learn that Everett wants to prolong his time in graduate school. Wheeler indicates that his meeting with Bohr did not go smoothly, and that Everett might need to make some revisions to his thesis. Wheeler does not expect those revisions to take long, and moreover, Wheeler believes that Everett should (and could) pursue an academic career.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne.
Bohr, Niels H.D.
Wheeler, John A.
Quantum mechanics -- Copenhagen interpretation
Quantum measurement problem
Pure wave mechanics
Everett, Hugh III
Petersen, Aage
Hugh Everett III Correspondence

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