Many-worlds interpretation

Overview

**many-worlds interpretation**is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that asserts the objective reality

Philosophical realism

Contemporary philosophical realism is the belief that our reality, or some aspect of it, is ontologically independent of our conceptual schemes, linguistic practices, beliefs, etc....

of the universal wavefunction

Universal wavefunction

The Universal Wavefunction or Universal Wave Function is a term introduced by Hugh Everett in his Princeton PhD thesis The Theory of the Universal Wave Function, and forms a core concept in the relative state interpretation or many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics...

, but denies the actuality of wavefunction collapse

Wavefunction collapse

In quantum mechanics, wave function collapse is the phenomenon in which a wave function—initially in a superposition of several different possible eigenstates—appears to reduce to a single one of those states after interaction with an observer...

. Many-worlds implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual "world" (or "universe"). It is also referred to as

**MWI**, the

**relative state formulation**, the

**Everett interpretation**, the

**theory of the universal wavefunction**,

**many-universes interpretation**, or just

**many-worlds**.

The original relative state formulation is due to Hugh Everett in 1957.