The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds: Quantum Mechanics Of Minds

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byJeffrey A. Barrett

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Jeffrey Barrett presents the most comprehensive study yet of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s. The standard theory of quantum mechanics is in one sense the most successful physical theory ever, predicting the behaviour of the basic constituents of allphysical things; no other theory has ever made such accurate empirical predictions. However, if one tries to understand the theory as providing a complete and accurate framework for the description of the behaviour of all physical interactions, it becomes evident that the theory is ambiguous, oreven logically inconsistent. The most notable attempt to formulate the theory so as to deal with this problem, the quantum measurement problem, was initiated by Hugh Everett III in the 1950s. Barrett gives a careful and challenging examination and evaluation of the work of Everett and those whohave followed him. His informal approach, minimizing technicality, will make the book accessible and illuminating for philosophers and physicists alike. Anyone interested in the interpretation of quantum mechanics should read it.

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Jeffrey Barrett presents the most comprehensive study yet of a problem that has puzzled physicists and philosophers since the 1930s. The standard theory of quantum mechanics is in one sense the most successful physical theory ever, predicting the behaviour of the basic constituents of allphysical things; no other theory has ever made s...

Jeffrey A. Barrett is an Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. A Brief Introduction2. The Standard Formulation of Quantum Mechanics3. The Theory of the Universal Wave Function4. The Bare Theory and Determinate Experience5. Selecting a Branch6. Many Worlds7. Many Minds8. Many Histories9. The Determinate-Experience ProblemAppendicesReferencesIndex