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Hugh Everett III

Many Worlds of Mathematics

Hugh EVerett III

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Tony Mann talks about the career of Hugh Everett III (1930 - 1982), famous for his "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum theory. He talks about:

  • introduction to Everett's career (time 0:10)
  • Everett's work in Quantum Theory (0:43)
  • Game Theory and Operations Research (2:13)
  • consultancy (3:12)
  • belated interest in Everett's ideas on Quantum Theory (3:30)
  • Everett's death (4:01)
  • summary of his career (4:25)

Tony Mann teaches mathematics at the University of Greenwich, and was President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics 2009-2011. He is Visiting Professor of Computing Mathematics at Gresham College for 2012-2013, and runs the maths blog Tony's Maths. He tweets as @Tony_Mann.

Further Reading:

  • Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, mutual assured destruction, and the meltdown of a nuclear family (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Wikipedia: Hugh Everett III

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This project was supported by the MSOR Network, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Universities of Greenwich and Birmingham as part of the National HE STEM Programme and was completed in May 2012. 

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