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E. Brian Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219186

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.001.0001

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Probability and Quantum Theory

Probability and Quantum Theory

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(p.171) 7 Probability and Quantum Theory
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Science in the Looking Glass
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E. Brian Davies

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0007

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

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