The Concept of Probability

Proceedings of the Delphi Conference, October 1987, Delphi, Greece

  • E. I. Bitsakis
  • C. A. Nicolaides
Conference proceedings

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Following Schrödinger’s Thoughts

  3. Probability and Quantum Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Leslie E. Ballentine
      Pages 31-42
    3. Stanley Gudder
      Pages 43-50
    4. G. T. Rüttimann
      Pages 61-68
  4. Aspects of the arguments on nonlocality, Bell’s theorem and EPR correlations

  5. Real or Gedanken Experiments and their Interpretation

  6. Questions About Irreversibility and Stochasticity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. I. E. Antoniou, I. Prigogine
      Pages 223-234
    3. W. T. Grandy Jr
      Pages 235-242
    4. Trevor W. Marshall, Emilio Santos
      Pages 271-288
    5. G. J. Milburn, D. F. Walls
      Pages 289-299
  7. Epistemology, Interpretation and Conjecture

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 443-449

About these proceedings


This volume contains articles from invited speakers at a meeting which took place in Delphi, during the week of October 12-16, 1987. The theme of the meeting was ''The concept of probability" and was organized by the "Group of Interdisciplinary Research" (Physics Department, University of Athens) and the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens. (The Group ofInterdisciplinary Research organized two previous Meetings, 1) on the Concept of physical reality (1982) and 2) on the question of determinism in Physics (1984». This small gathering, which was attended by scientists, mathematicians and philosophers from more than 22 countries, took place on the occasion of the 100th year from the birthday of E.Schrodinger. As the father of wave-mechanics, Schrodinger thrushed us into an era of physics where knowledge of the lV-function is considered, for most situations, as the ultimate aim and the ultimate truth. Yet, he, as well as another towering figure of 20th century physics, A.Einstein, never really felt confortable with the interpretation of the meaning oflV and of the information that it contains. With Einstein playing the leading role a debate about concepts and interpretation started as soon as quantum mechanics was born. Central theme to this debate is the concept of probability, a concept which permeates-explicitly or implicitly-all science and even our decision making in everyday life. The articles cover a broad spectrum of thought and results -mathematical, physical, epistemological, experimental, specific, general,-many of them outside the accepted norm.


EPR paradox Karl R. Popper Probability distribution Probability space Probability theory correlation probability quantum mechanics reduction

Editors and affiliations

  • E. I. Bitsakis
    • 1
  • C. A. Nicolaides
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IoanninaGreece
  2. 2.National Hellenic Research Foundation and National Technical UniversityAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7023-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1175-8
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