Gedanken experiment


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Gedanken experiment

[ge′däŋk·ən ik‚sper·ə·mənt]
(physics)
A hypothetical (“thought”) experiment which is possible in principle and is analyzed (but not performed) to test some hypothesis. Also known as thought experiment.
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(2007) Experimental realization of Wheeler's delayed-choice Gedanken Experiment (LPQM), Science 315, 5814 (2007) 966, 10.1126/science.1136303.
Consider the following gedanken experiment. Imagine an isolated black hole and an observer coming from past null infinity who is carrying a measuring apparatus and constantly performing measurements.
"Experimental Realization of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Gedanken Experiment: A New Violation of Bell's Inequalities," Physical Review Letters (1982) 49: 91.
Its emphasis on feeling has brought into sharper relief a Gedanken experiment I have sometimes pondered: If I knew that by popping a certain pill I would be left with all of my beliefs and desires intact, but lose forever whatever affective feelings there may be over and above them, would I take it?
In this work, the variable nature of cavity radiation is affirmed by addressing a Gedanken experiment which is often invoked to justify Kirchhoff's law, either in the classroom or within textbooks.
The possible effects of the intrinsic charges on the Coulomb interaction will then be outlined in Section 3, first in respect to the magnitude of the resulting forces, and then to the range of the same forces in a simple "Gedanken experiment".
The method we had used as a gedanken experiment to send N light pulses is depicted via the Fig.
1) is actually based on a modification of a gedanken experiment proposed originally by Wheeler [23].