Experiment

Authored by: Theodore Arabatzis

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415518741
eBook ISBN: 9780203744857
Adobe ISBN: 9781135011093

10.4324/9780203744857.ch18

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Abstract

It might, of course, be the case, that in experimental physics the method for establishing general laws were the same as in astronomy… But it is not so. And that is small wonder. The physicist has full liberty to interfere with his object and to set the conditions of experiment at will. This empowers him to invent methods widely different from, and largely superior to, the placid observation of the astronomer.

(Schrödinger 1955: 13)

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