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The Tyranny in Science: The Case of Hugh Everett’s Universal Wave Theory Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

  • Sheldon Richmond
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Abstract

Hugh Everett’s “Universal Wave Theory Formulation of Quantum Mechanics” (1957), though endorsed and promoted by his mentor John Wheeler, was dismissed by the mainstream in quantum mechanics. Why was it sidelined by those who endorsed the Copenhagen interpretation and John von Neumann’s approach to the famous measurement problem? Everett’s theory was taken up later by Bryce DeWitt under an interpretation, the many worlds universe theory, that is not actually how Everett interpreted his own formulation. I argue that by looking at science as a social institution according to Ian C. Jarvie’s critique of Karl Popper’s view of science as a “Republic,” we can see how Everett was sidelined: external pressures of the Cold War and McCarthy and internal pressures of Big Science and the “military-industrial complex.”

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