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Note on Universal Wave Function, circa 1955
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: While it is unclear when this small scrap was written, its importance is indicated by its inclusion in Hugh Everett's thesis notes file. The main point concerns Everett's belief that the theory of the universal wave function captured Bohr's talk of complementarily, which he took here to amount to rules of thumb for engineers, in a clear and consistent way that did not require one to deny the possibility of providing a quantum-mechanical understanding of the classical behavior an observer and his measurement apparatus. Also of interest is Everett's comment that one not insist that everything in the correlation structure be measurable.
Scope/Content: This document was found in the basement of Mark Everett in 2007 by Mark Everett and Peter Byrne.
Everett, Hugh III
Quantum mechanics
Pure wave mechanics
Hugh Everett III Thesis, Quantum Mechanics, and Related Materials

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