The Theory/Experiment Interface
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A scientific theory can make contact with experience in at least three ways: (a) it can be tested for factual truth by means of experience (observation, measurement or experiment); (b) it can be used to plan and interpret observations, measurements or experiments; (c) it can be employed to practical (noncognitive) ends such as making an artifact or destroying it. We shall deal here with the first two kinds of contact and shall approach the problem from a general methodological point of view without getting involved in the technicalities of statistical inference and experiment design: our purpose will be primarily philosophical, namely to stress the intimate interlocking of theory and experience, that refutes the claim that either of the two poles is overriding.
KeywordsTotal Cross Section Scientific Theory Testable Consequence Inductive Logic Wheatstone Bridge
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