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H. J. Groenewold letter to John Wheeler, 11-April-1957
Groenewold, H. J.
Wheeler, John A., annotator
Everett, Hugh, annotator
Date Created and/or Issued
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Special Collections
Hugh Everett III Manuscripts
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Scope/Content: In mid-March, 1957, as Hugh Everett III was preparing to defend his thesis and graduate, John Wheeler asked him to send preprints of the short thesis and Wheeler's companion article to Bohr and other prominent physicists. In April, H. J. Groenewold of Natuurkundig Laboratorium der Rijks-Universiteit te Groningen, Germany wrote to Everett and Wheeler with his criticism of the revised dissertation. He had previously read the long dissertation sent to Copenhagen. He thought that the preprint was a "much improved" abstract of a (rewritten) longer thesis, although he confessed to not being able to follow many of the arguments. Everett furiously annotated his copy of Groenewold's letter, answering his criticisms point by point and concluding that Groenewold, too, had not thoroughly studied his work.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne.
Groenewold, H.J.
Relative states, branches, and worlds
Everett, Hugh III
Wheeler, John A.
Quantum Mechanics
Hugh Everett III Correspondence

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