Why do experiments?

Bapat, Bhas (2016) Why do experiments? i wonder.... pp. 50-51. ISSN 2582-1636

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Science is driven by human curiosity; curiosity to know why things happen the way they happen, or in other words, to understand how nature works. This curiosity gets channelised in many ways, two of which we can readily identify with. The first is to make careful observations of phenomena, identify factors affecting a particular effect or outcome, and then attempt to control the outcome by tweaking the influencing factors, thus establishing a cause–effect relationship. The other is to predict a cause–effect relationship by applying logic about how things should be without necessarily working out the ideas in practice. In the formal world of science, these two approaches are readily identified as experimental research and theoretical research respectively. However, contrary to common belief, these are not distinct streams, nor is one cleverer or purer than the other. Instead, they complement and supplement each other.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Bapat, Bhas
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Experiments, observation, logic, curiosity
Subjects: Natural Sciences
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/1416
Publisher URL: https://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/SitePages/reso...

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