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Experiment in the modern sense is understood as the manipulation of things with the purpose of gaining knowledge about them. With research, experiment also serves instruction and demonstration. All natural sciences and many fields of the humanities and social sciences base the claim to certainty of their knowledge on experience, whether arrived at by observation or experiment. In other cultural spheres, such as…

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Steinle, Friedrich, “Experiment”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019053>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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