Peter Byrne is an investigative reporter and science writer based in Northern California. His popular biography, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III - Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family (Oxford University Press, 2010) was followed by publication of The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Collected Works 1957-1980, (Princeton University Press, 2012), co-edited with philosopher of science Jeffrey A. Barrett of UC Irvine.
Everett's formulation of quantum mechanics, which implies the existence of a quantum multiverse, is favored by a significant (and growing) fraction of working physicists.
Steve and Peter discuss:
0:00 How Peter Byrne came to write a biography of Hugh Everett
18:09 Everett’s personal life and groundbreaking thesis as a catalyst for the book
24:00 Everett and Decoherence
31:25 Reaction of other physicists to Everett’s many worlds theory
40:46 Steve’s take on Everett’s many worlds theory
43:41 Peter on the bifurcation of science and philosophy
49:21 Everett’s post-academic life
52:58 How Hugh Everett is remembered now
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