Foundations of Physics

, Volume 8, Issue 9–10, pp 709–720 | Cite as

A note on the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics

  • Paul Benioff


Three aspects of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics are considered. It is first shown that the proof of the metatheorem is not complete—thus it is an open question as to whether or not it is true. Next, some difficulties for the Everett interpretation and the metatheorem, which arise from consideration of the physics developed by observers in maverick universes, are discussed. Finally, it is shown that the universal state description of an ever-branching universe with each branch corresponding to a possible perceived universe fails completely in the limit of an infinite number of successive branchings.


Quantum Mechanic Infinite Number Universal State Everett Interpretation Successive Branching 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Benioff
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  1. 1.Environmental Impact Studies DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonne

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