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​Research Areas: philosophy and history of science, epistemology, scientific method, experiments

Current Research: The subject of my principal current research is the problem of experimental error. The method of experimentation is commonly considered the method with which one can test physical knowledge. However, this method of inquiry does not guarantee certain knowl edge: the occurrence of experimental errors obstructs the experimenter from reaching this goal.

In general, the problem of error has been regarded as identical to the pursuits of science. The prevailing view is that experimental errors can be dismissed as tiresome but trivial flaw of the method of experimentation. Philosophers of science tend to dis regard this problem; their concern with the analyses of theories and their logical structures suppress the physical issues and the concomitant practical problems which arise in the attempt to test theoretical claims experimentally. Scientists who are dire ctly confronted with this problem, pay it lip service; they rely upon the mathematical theory of error whose inherent dichotomy of systematic and random errors is based on a mathematical criterion which does not reflect the physical and conceptual complex ity of the experiment. Though the issue of experimental error relates directly to the actual practice of the scientific method, the annals of philosophy of science lack a study of this kind. My objective is to begin to fill this gap.

By studying the nature of experimental error - by drawing the context in which they have arisen, relating how they were discovered, identifying them and explaining their occurrences in view if current theories - one may shed light on the very process of f inding the key of knowledge. As part of our epistemological research, we should seek to understand the failures which surround each success, and ask not only why did a certain investigation succeed, but also why others failed.