Experiments Quotes

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Observations always involve theory.


I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
The investigator should have a robust faith—and yet not believe.

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The observer listens to nature; the experimenter questions and forces her to reveal herself.
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer.


Experimentation is the least arrogant method of gaining knowledge. The experimenter humbly asks a question of nature.
To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge.
Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.


The true worth of an experimenter consists in his pursuing not only what he seeks in his experiment, but also what he did not seek.


Theorists conduct experiments with their brains. Experimenters have to use their hands, too. Theorists are thinkers, experimenters are craftsmen. The theorist needs no accomplice. The experimenter has to muster graduate students, cajole machinists, flatter lab assistants. The theorist operates in a pristine place free of noise, of vibration, of dirt. The experimenter develops an intimacy with matter as a sculptor does with clay, battling it, shaping it, and engaging it. The theorist invents his companions, as a naive Romeo imagined his ideal Juliet. The experimenter's lovers sweat, complain, and fart.