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Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992)

Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992)

By far the best introduction to the philosophy of quantum mechanics. More info →
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Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality (2010)

Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality (2010)

Twenty technical essays with commentaries and discussions by leading philosophers of physics on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Discusses the problems of a preferred basis and the concept of probability. More info →
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Sneaking a Look at God's Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics (2007)

Sneaking a Look at God's Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics (2007)

Written by the leading physicist Giancarlo Ghirardi who developed the GRW interpretation of quantum mechanics. More info →
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The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary (2012)

The Everett Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Collected Works 1955-1980 with Commentary (2012)

Contains both the long and short version of Hugh Everett’s thesis on the relative state interpretation of quantum mechanics, along with his other writings and correspondence. With an introduction, commentaries and notes by Barrett and Byrne. More info →
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The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective (1974)

The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective (1974)

Classic book on the philosophy of quantum mechanics from a historical point of view. Including historical material on the the Einstein-Bohr debates, the EPR paradox, the many-world interpretations, etc. Contains a decent introduction to the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. More info →
The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation (2012)

The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation (2012)

David Wallace offers a clear and up-to-date survey of work on the Everett interpretation in physics and in philosophy of science, and at the same time provides a self-contained and thoroughly modern account of it. More info →
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Quantum Theory and Measurement (1984)

Quantum Theory and Measurement (1984)

Collection of 49 classic papers on the measurement problem in quantum mechanics (e.g., Bohm’s 1952 papers, EPR paper, Schrödinger’s cat paper, etc.). More info →
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Schrödinger’s Rabbits: The Many Worlds of Quantum (2004)

Schrödinger’s Rabbits: The Many Worlds of Quantum (2004)

Popular scientific account of the Oxford interpretation of quantum mechanics (i.e. Everett's many-worlds interpretation), comparing it with the orthodox Copenhagen interpretation. More info →
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Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy (1988)

Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Collected Papers on Quantum Philosophy (1988)

Complete collection of John Bell's published and unpublished papers on quantum mechanics, with a preface by Bell himself and an introduction by Alain Aspect. Famous for his theorem and other major contributions to the field, this is a classic book. Some papers are very readable, others are more advanced. More info →
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The Mystery of the Quantum World (1994)

The Mystery of the Quantum World (1994)

Introductory, non-mathematical account of the measurement problem and other philosophical issues in quantum mechanics, with a presentation of the different interpretations of quantum theory. Contains a short chapter on quantum mechanics and consciousness. More info →
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