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E.T. Jaynes letter to Hugh Everett, 17-June-1957
Jaynes, E. T.
Everett, Hugh, annotator
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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: One of the most successful physicists of the generation immediately before Hugh Everett III, E. T. Jaynes shared both Everett's interest in applications of information theory to physics and his foundational orientation. But whereas Everett focused on quantum mechanics, much of Jaynes' work concerned how to use information theory in thermodynamics. This letter is a response to comments Everett made on Jaynes' paper "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics," Physical Review, 106, 620-630 (1957). Jaynes claims his theory of information in statistical mechanics Is similar to Everett's theory (Everett seems to have included a preprint of his forthcoming Reviews of Modern Physics article with his letter to Jaynes). Everett is not convinced, as is clear from his marginal comments on the letter.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne.
Everett, Hugh III
E. T. Jaynes
Philosophy of Science
Information Theory in Physics

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