Comments on Popper’s Interpretations of Probability

  • M. Rédei
  • P. Szegedi
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)


The aim of this talk is to comment, mainly from the point of view of the two typical probabilistic physical theories, classical statistical mechanics /CSM/ and quantum mechanics /QM/, on Popper’s interpretations of probability. Based on recalling some recent developments both in CSM and in QM we will try to support our main these which is the following: Neither the frequency nor the propensity interpretation of probability alone seem to be able to reflect satisfactorily the various contents of probabilities in CSM and QM. In particular arguments can be given against the adequacy either of the frequency or of the propensity interpretation in CSM, and elaboration of some probability interpretation which is able to describe the hierarchy of probabilities in QM seems to be necessary.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Rédei
    • 1
  • P. Szegedi
    • 1
  1. 1.Loránd Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

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