Branching Worlds: Quantum Mechanics and Hugh Everett's Many-Worlds Interpretation
This thesis attempts to explain Everettian quantum mechanics from the ground up, such that those with little to no experience in quantum physics can understand it. First, we introduce the history of quantum theory, and some concepts that make up the framework of quantum physics. Through these concepts, we reveal why interpretations are necessary to map the quantum world onto our classical world. We then introduce the Copenhagen interpretation, and how many-worlds differs from it. From there, we dive into the concepts of entanglement and decoherence, explaining how worlds branch in an Everettian universe, and how an Everettian universe can appear as our classical observed world. From there, we attempt to answer common questions about many-worlds and discuss whether there are philosophical ramifications to believing such a theory. Finally, we look at whether the many-worlds interpretation can be proven, and why one might choose to believe it.
- Secrest, Micah (Author)
- Foy, Joseph (Thesis director)
- Hines, Taylor (Committee member)
- Computer Science and Engineering Program (Contributor)
- Barrett, The Honors College (Contributor)