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John Wheeler's Quest for Beauty and Simplicity

  • Charles W. Misner
Conference paper

Some recollections and comments are given about John A. Wheeler as a mentor, as a teaching researcher, and as a driving force in the revitalization of general relativity in the 1950s and 1960s. His relationship to Hugh Everett and the “Many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics is also discussed.

It’s a great pleasure to be here on this occasion, Claudio’s 60th birthday Fest. I’m going to talk about John Wheeler. Both Claudio and I were Wheeler’s Ph.D. students. That means we could call Wheeler our doktorfather which makes us brothers in science.

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Black Hole Quantum Mechanic Gravitational Wave Teaching Researcher Great Pleasure 
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© Springer-Verlag New York 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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