Physical experiments — answers to frequently asked questions

Before the Renaissance, scholasticism reigned in European science. Petrarch captures the atmosphere of the XIV-century university: A silly boy comes into a temple. His teacher glorifies him because of either love or greed. Then from a pulpit one goes sage who ascended to it as a fool. In the XVI century, physical research began to pass from unintelligible to a particular one. Galileo put the planned experiment and its interpretation in the language of mathematics disproportionately higher than the traditional deductive method of investigation. Since then, the theoretical constructs were based largely on the results of the tests and not on speculative conclusions. Physical experiments for a long time remained a low-cost — “rope-wax” and, in the XX century, have evolved from individual studies into a separate, extremely costly area of ​​scientific research. The emergence of computer data processing changed architectures and scale of experiments, and then began to have an impact on their conception and ideas behind.

Galileo Galilei  was one of the first experimenters.

Galileo Galilei did not have a computer.

Images  of experiments