What is experiment?

  • (verb): To conduct a test or investigation.
    Example: "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
    See also — Additional definitions below


An experiment is a methodical procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Experiments vary greatly in their goal and scale, but always rely on repeatable procedure and logical analysis of the results. A child may carry out basic experiments to understand the nature of gravity, while teams of scientists may take years of systematic investigation to advance the understanding of a phenomenon. Experiments can vary from personal and informal (e.g. tasting a range of chocolates to find a favorite), to highly controlled (e.g. tests requiring complex apparatus overseen by many scientists that hope to discover information about subatomic particles). Uses of experiments vary considerably between the natural and social sciences.

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Some articles on experiment:

Andrew Crosse - Scientific Research - Controversy
... been conducting another electrocrystallization experiment when, on the 26th day of the experiment he saw what he described as "the perfect insect ... of the incident and published an article about the "extraordinary experiment" and named the insects Acarus crossii ... Other scientists tried to repeat the experiment ...
Trek (disambiguation)
... Picture (1994) Trek (band), Russian rock band TREK experiment, a particle physics experiment planned at J-PARC, Japan the Trek experiment, UC Berkeley, on board ...
Small-world Experiment - Current Research On The Small-world Problem
... question is still a popular research topic today, with many experiments still being conducted ... first large-scale replication of Milgram's experiment, involving 24,163 e-mail chains and 18 targets around the world ... A similar experiment using popular social networking sites as a medium was carried out at Carnegie Mellon University ...
Wheeler's Delayed Choice Experiment
... Wheeler's delayed choice experiment is a thought experiment in quantum physics proposed by John Archibald Wheeler in 1978 ... results Wheeler predicted have since been confirmed by actual experiment ... Wheeler's experiment is a variation on the famous double-slit experiment ...
Experiment, Georgia - Demographics
... There were 1,163 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.9% were married couples living together, 30.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...

More definitions of "experiment":

  • (noun): A venture at something new or different.
    Example: "As an experiment he decided to grow a beard"
  • (noun): The act of conducting a controlled test or investigation.
    Synonyms: experimentation
  • (noun): The testing of an idea.
    Example: "It was an experiment in living"
    Synonyms: experimentation
  • (verb): Try something new, as in order to gain experience.
    Example: "Students experiment sexually"
    Synonyms: try out

Famous quotes containing the word experiment:

    The man who invented Eskimo Pie made a million dollars, so one is told, but E.E. Cummings, whose verse has been appearing off and on for three years now, and whose experiments should not be more appalling to those interested in poetry than the experiment of surrounding ice-cream with a layer of chocolate was to those interested in soda fountains, has hardly made a dent in the doughy minds of our so-called poetry lovers.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.
    Hippocrates (c. 460–370 B.C.)

    What constitutes a real, live human being is more of a mystery than ever these days, and men—each one of whom is a valuable, unique experiment on the part of nature—are shot down wholesale.
    Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)