Fame (1978-)

Additional signs of recognition came to Everett in 1978. In one manuscript sent to him by a medical doctor named Berley, his thesis is generously called an "almost fitting tribute to Einstein" [139]. Although Berley's manuscript was on art, perception, and the mind, Everett took the trouble to respond, saying that Berley described his [Everett's] work "reasonably accurately", and he recommended that the doctor read the book by G. Pugh [139]. Nancy later wrote to Wheeler that it would be fun to read those words ("almost fitting tribute to Einstein") in a book [54]. (Eventually, in May 1980, Berley's book did appear.)

Another book, by Andre Vidal, with a dedicatory inscription in French [140], came in 1978, and in June of that year, Syohei Miyahara, the President of the Physical Society of Japan, wrote to Everett that his Society would like to include the translation of Everett's "valuable paper" of 1957 in an anthology on the theory of measurement in quantum mechanics [141]. Soon he received from Everett a copy of the 1973 anthology and permission to publish any two his works from the anthology.

But not everyone understood or embraced Everett's work. Once Everett was asked by Physical Review Letters to review a submitted paper called "Quantum Attention Theory." It was so far off base that Everett chose to cast his negative review in sarcastic terms [143]. He wrote that the paper might be "an example of state-of-the-art computer generated configuration of buzz words specific to a particular field—in which case it is a real advance in automatic syntax and grammar generation, and the program should be published as a major advance."


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