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A proof of the impossibility of inductive probability

Naturevolume 302pages687688 (1983) | Download Citation



Proofs of the impossibility of induction have been falling ‘dead-born from the Press’ ever since the first of them (in David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature) appeared in 1739. One of us (K.P.) has been producing them for more than 50 years. The present proof strikes us both as pretty.

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  1. Penn, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK

    • Karl Popper
  2. Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

    • David Miller


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