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Transcript of Conference on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Xavier University Cincinnati, 1-October-1962, with Everett's remarks
Description: In early 1959, Hugh Everett discussed his theory with Xavier University physics professor Boris Podolsky in New York City. Podolsky asked Everett for a copy of his long thesis. In 1962, Everett was invited to explain his interpretation of quantum mechanics to a panel of physicists convened at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio to discuss the quantum measurement problem. The conference was chaired by Podolsky. A transcript of the five day proceeding was made public forty years later (in 2002). It documents an intimate, sometimes angry, sometimes mirthful colloquy between several leading physicists of the day, including Eugene Wigner, Paul Dirac, Yakir Aharonov, Wendell Furry, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen. They explored several possible solutions to the measurement problem, ranging from Bohm's hidden variable theory to non-physical explanations of collapse that had been proposed by Wigner. Everett despised public speaking, but he could not have asked for a smarter, better informed group of physicists to address. It was the first of only two known occasions in which he explained his theory of pure wave mechanics to a public gathering of his peers.
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