Talk:Richard von Mises

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Karl died as an infant?[edit]

I noticed this in the Ludwig von Mises article, as well. My question is, how did he die as an infant if there are apparently pictures of him much older? (talk) 02:46, 14 April 2011 (UTC)


The subject appears to have always called himself, "Richard von Mises", not "Richard Edler von Mises". The nobility was dissolved in Austria in 1918, so the title ceased to exist. So why is this article named "Richard Edler von Mises"? ·:· Will Beback ·:· 21:14, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Hearing no objection, I'm going to move the article back to "Richard von Mises". ·:· Will Beback ·:· 05:39, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

Birthyday problem[edit]

I deleted a claim that he introduced the birthday problem. The claimed citation for it mentioned nothing about the birthday problem and neither does the wikipedia page on the birthday problem. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:38, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Philosophical Affiliation[edit]

The article suggests that von Mises was a logical empiricist. In fact, he wasn't even a logical positivist (not for long at any rate), and he tried to separate himself (and the movement that he saw himself as something of a spokesman for) from the Vienna Circle. For example, in his Positivsm, von Mises explained that

"The Vienna scientists [i.e., the members of the Vienna Circle] have drawn from the logical analysis of the language of science the conclusion that propositions of metaphysics which cannot be constituted in the above-mentioned manner are meaningless and do not say anything. This is the point in which the present book does not follow the logical positivists. . . . " (p. 9, Introduction).

In that same work, von Mises includes chapters on Religion and Ethics (pp. 343-355, for instance), an emphasis that members of the logical positivist school would have taken a dim view of, to say the least.

C d h 14:20, 29 October 2007 (UTC)