chapter  8
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Quantum mechanics: a Platonic interpretation

For more than seven decades quantum mechanics (QM) has been a philosophical nightmare. All sorts of good sense have been dashed on the rocks of this brilliantly bizarre bit of physics. So, I am not too sanguine about the prospects of the proposal I’m about to present. Nevertheless, in the spirit of ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ I shall outline the philosophical problem (or at least one of the main problems) then try to offer a solution. The proposal is a Platonic one, linked to what has been done in earlier chapters. If it works it will support the earlier Platonic account of laws and thought experiments. If it doesn’t, then I can only hope it is at least an interesting failure.