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Philosophy of Experiment.....Re: 1/4 wave TC (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:10:22 -0400
From: Dave Pierson <davep@xxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Philosophy of Experiment.....Re: 1/4 wave TC (fwd)

>    I concur that experimentation is a great teacher,  perhaps the best. I 
>was just trying to ascertain the reasoning, or driving  force, if you will,  
>behind the experiments. An old professor of mine once  said that there are two 
>distinct types of  experiments. He called them  "science experiments" and 
>"science appreciation experiments". The first begin  with a theory, proposition, or 
>conjecture, and an experiment is designed  and conducted to verify the 
   My impression is that an experiment should 'always' be looked at as
   having the potential to DISprove, as well.

> The second type is one in which you do something just to "see what will 
>happen". The theoretical basis for this experiment was not clear to me, nor 
>was it obvious to me what the experiment  would illustrate in light of the 
>points I raised. If it is one of the latter  type investigations, that is 
>perfectly OK.
>"The most subtly difficult part of any experiment is determining what it  
>really is we have learned from it."
>--Alfred E. Bender
    There is Huge Wisdom in this thought.  Sometimes an experiment's results
    may mean something very differnt from what was planned, or, even, thought to
    be observed.