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## "The theory of probability", Andrey Kolomogorov, 1963

*Reviewed February 2, 2024*

*Citation:* Kolmogorov, Andrei Nikolaevich. "The theory of probability." Mathematics, Its Content, Methods, and Meaning 2 (1963): 229-264.

*Web:* https://www.york.ac.uk/depts/maths/histstat/kolmogorov_foundations.pdf

*Tags:* Mathematical, Foundational

This paper is the first one to lay out a foundational axiomatic treatment of the theory
of probability. This axiomatization in terms of set theory has since been extremely successful,
and variants of it are in wide circulation to this day.

This article is relevant to quantum mechanics, because quantum mechanics can be seen
as a twisted probability theory. Instead of basing things on the L1 norm, they become
based on the L2 norm. To appreciate the axioms of quantum mechanics, thus, it
is very helpful to appreciate the axioms of probability theory. This
is a good original reference for these axioms.