Probability in Orthodox Quantum Mechanics: Probability as a Postulate Versus Probability as an Emergent Phenomenon

  • Stephen L. Adler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 574)


The role of probability in quantum mechanics is reviewed, with a discussion of the “orthodox” versus the statistical interpretative frameworks, and of a number of related issues. After a brief summary of sources of unease with quantum mechanics, a survey is given of attempts either to give a new interpretive framework assuming quantum mechanics is exact, or to modify quantum mechanics assuming it is a very accurate approximation to a more fundamental theory. This survey focuses particularly on the issue of whether probabilites in quantum mechanics are postulated or emergent.


Density Matrix Pure State Unitary Evolution Bohmian Mechanic Coherent Superposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen L. Adler
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  1. 1.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA

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