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Reviews - Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory and Reality. Simon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent and David Wallace. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. xvi + 618. ISBN: 9780199560561; £55 hbk

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 June 2011


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2 Two of my own attempts were: Butterfield, J., ‘Worlds, Minds and Quanta’, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 69 (1995), 113158CrossRefGoogle Scholar; and ‘Some Worlds of Quantum Theory’, in Russell, R., Polkinghorne, J., et al. (ed.), Quantum Mechanics (Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, vol 5), (Rome: Vatican Observatory Publications, 2002), 111140Google Scholar; available online at:; and at

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