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Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

Authored by: David Wallace

The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754655183
eBook ISBN: 9781315612676
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044321


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By some measures, quantum mechanics (QM) is the great success story of modern physics: no other physical theory has come close to the range and accuracy of its predictions and explanations. By other measures, it is instead the great scandal of physics: despite these amazing successes, we have no satisfactory physical theory at all—only an ill-defined heuristic which makes unacceptable reference to primitives such as ‘measurement’, ‘observer’ and even ‘consciousness’.

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