Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 417–436 | Cite as

Is quantum mechanics compatible with a deterministic universe? Two interpretations of quantum probabilities

  • László E. Szabó


Two problems will be considered: the question of hidden parameters and the problem of Kolmogorovity of quantum probabilities. Both of them will be analyzed from the point of view of two distinct understandings of quantum mechanical probabilities. Our analysis will be focused, as a particular example, on the Aspect-type EPR experiment. It will be shown that the quantum mechanical probabilities appearing in this experiment can be consistently understood as conditional probabilities without any paradoxical consequences. Therefore, nothing implies in the Aspect experiment that quantum theory is incompatible with a deterministic universe.

Key words

objective indeterminism hidden parameter Kolmogorov probability EPR experiment 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • László E. Szabó
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

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