Tuesday, July 15, 2008

If two experiments disagree...

Whenever there are two experiments and one of them gets an agreement and the other one gets disagreement [with theory], I think that it is much more likely that the experiment showing a disagreement is incorrect because it is much easier to introduce an error (any error) that destroys the agreement than to keep all things pure and accurate so that the agreement is preserved. In other words, it is unlikely to get an accurate agreement by chance.

2 comments:

Ora said...

Tom - From the typeface and layout, it looks like you're quoting someone here, but it's unclear who. Is this a quote, or is it your own assertion?

Tom Weidig said...

It's from Lubos Motl's physics blog:
http://motls.blogspot.com/