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Richard Feynman on Scientific Method (1964)

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Published on 19 May 2020 / In Other

⁣“Now I’m going to discuss how we would look for a new law. In general,
we look for a new law by the following process. First, we guess it
(audience laughter), no, don’t laugh, that’s the truth. Then we compute
the consequences of the guess, to see what, if this is right, if this
law we guess is right, to see what it would imply and then we compare
the computation results to nature or we say compare to experiment or
experience, compare it directly with observations to see if it works.

If it disagrees with experiment, it’s WRONG. In that simple statement is
the key to science. It doesn’t make any difference how beautiful your
guess is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are who made the guess, or
what his name is… If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong. That’s
all there is to it.”

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