The Limits of Experimental Method: Experimenting on an Entangled System: The Case of Biophysics

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Setting limits to knowledge is a worthwhile enterprise of no less importance than the unwearied endeavor to move the boundaries of knowledge a little further. Indeed, the establishment of such limits may provide a cornerstone for the construction of a new theory or a profound insight into scientific practices. This century has seen two such contributions in science: the uncertainty principle and the incompleteness theorem. Undoubtedly, these results of Heisenberg and Gödel constitute essential elements of our current knowledge of, respectively, the physical and the formal—physics and mathematics. Both results exhibit a fundamental proof of limitation: a proof of
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience At Centurys End
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Questions on the Progress and Limits of Science
EditorsM. Carrier, G. J. Massey, L. Reutsche
Place of PublicationPittsburgh
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN (Print)9780822941217
StatePublished - 2000


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