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Better in a different universe
on May 12, 2014
Overall, a decent tour of the many worlds scene pre-20th century, but it either ignores (or is ignorant of) relatively recent work on the many worlds theory in philosophy of science by Simon Saunders, David Wallace and many others at University of Oxford and elsewhere. Nor does it mention the important work by John Bell on many worlds theory in the early 1960s. Nor does it reference the latest edition of Hugh Everett III's original many worlds theory: "The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980" (Princeton University Press, 2012). And it does not reference the popular biography of Everett that details the historical and scientific formation of his theory in the context of mid-century American physics: "The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III, Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family" (Oxford University Press, 2010). Rubenstein has written a worthwhile book that is oddly pocked with significant intellectual and historical gaps.