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8 - Popper and the Quantum Theory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 April 2024

Anthony O'Hear
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University of Buckingham
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Popper wrote extensively on the quantum theory. In Logic der Forschung (LSD) he devoted a whole chapter to the topic, while the whole of Volume 3 of the Postscript to the Logic of Scientific Discovery is devoted to the quantum theory. This volume entitled Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics (QTSP) incorporated a famous earlier essay, ‘Quantum Mechanics without “the Observer”’ (QM). In addition Popper’s development of the propensity interpretation of probability was much influenced by his views on the role of probability in quantum theory, and he also wrote an insightful critique of the 1936 paper of Birkhoff and von Neumann on nondistributive quantum logic1 (BNIQM).

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Karl Popper , pp. 259 - 281
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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