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Probability and Quantum Theory

E. Brian Davies

in Science in the Looking Glass

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219186
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0007
 Probability and Quantum Theory

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This chapter discusses a series of examples which illustrate various peculiarities of probability theory. It shows that there are many situations in which two people may legitimately ascribe different probabilities to the same event. These observer-dependent aspects are important when the two people have differing information about the events being observed. A complete separation between observer and observation may be possible in Newtonian mechanics, but it does not always work in probability theory or in quantum theory. Topics covered include Kolmogorov's axioms, disaster planning, the paradox of the children, the letter paradox, the three door paradox, the history of atomic theory, quantum probability, and quantum modeling.

Keywords: probability theory; quantum theory; atomic theory; atomic energy; paradox; Newtonian mechanics

Chapter.  15081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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