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Can the statistical postulate of quantum theory be derived?—A critique of the many-universes interpretation

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Abstract

The attempt to derive (rather than assume) the statistical postulate of quantum theory from the many-universes interpretation of Everett and De Witt is analyzed The many-universes interpretation is found to be neither necessary nor sufficient for the task.

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Ballentine, L.E. Can the statistical postulate of quantum theory be derived?—A critique of the many-universes interpretation. Found Phys 3, 229–240 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00708440

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  • Quantum Theory