Interpretation of "the wave function of the Universe"

Wim B. Drees*

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Abstract

Hawking and Hartle interpreted their wave function of the universe as giving the probability for the universe to appear from nothing. However, this is not a correct interpretation, since the normalization presupposes a universe, not nothing. Transition probabilities require a measure on the initial state and a physical result requires a physical initial state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-942
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Theoretical Physics
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1987
Externally publishedYes

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