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Decoherence and Ontology (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love FAPP)

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This chapter argues for the view that the Everett ('many worlds') interpretation is nothing more or less than a literal reading of the formalism of unitary quantum mechanics. The central component of this story is decoherence: the process by which the evolution of the quantum state acquires a branching structure. The chapter gives a conceptual introduction to decoherence and its conceptual role, emphasizing the significance of its effects on the dynamics of degrees of freedom which are underg...

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Wallace, D More by this author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Host title:
Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality
Publication date:
2010-06-24
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URN:
uuid:81cf4e0f-1368-45b0-9851-928332ff8393
Source identifiers:
90257
Local pid:
pubs:90257
ISBN:
9780199560561

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