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Exploratory Experiments

L. R. Franklin
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 72, No. 5, Proceedings of the 2004 Biennial Meeting of The Philosophy of Science AssociationPart I: Contributed PapersEdited by Miriam Solomon (December 2005), pp. 888-899
DOI: 10.1086/508117
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/508117
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Abstract

Philosophers of experiment have acknowledged that experiments are often more than mere hypothesis‐tests, once thought to be an experiment’s exclusive calling. Drawing on examples from contemporary biology, I make an additional amendment to our understanding of experiment by examining the way that `wide' instrumentation can, for reasons of efficiency, lead scientists away from traditional hypothesis‐directed methods of experimentation and towards exploratory methods.

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