New experimentalism and computer-aided experiments

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Sławomir Grzegorz Leciejewski


In the 1980s, computer-aided experimental research became standard in the majority of leading research laboratories. Unfortunately, this shift was not adequately reflected in the professional literature related to the philosophy and methodology of science. A new experimentalism did emerge, aimed at adequately describing experimental practice (to be discussed in the first part of this article); however, in its initial phase, it failed to consider the role of computers in experimental research (discussed in the second part). This oversight by the philosophers of science, the proponents of the new experimentalism, is significant and calls for supplementation (addressed in the fourth part). By the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, there were numerous philosophical analyses related to computer experiments, such as computer simulations. However, this article focuses only on classic experiments facilitated by various computer systems (e.g., LHC at CERN). In the final part of this article, I will present examples of aspects of experimental work that have not yet been analyzed and could potentially enhance new experimentalism with insights from computer-aided experiments.

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Leciejewski, S. G. (2023). New experimentalism and computer-aided experiments. Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce), (75), 107–134.
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Sławomir Grzegorz Leciejewski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Sławomir Leciejewski jest absolwentem fizyki, filozofii i teologii Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu. W 2002 roku na podstawie rozprawy Obserwator w kosmologii antropicznej uzyskał stopień doktora nauk humanistycznych w zakresie filozofii, a w 2014 roku na podstawie monografii Cyfrowa rewolucja w badaniach eksperymentalnych uzyskał stopień doktora habilitowanego.

Publikuje prace z filozofii nauki (kosmologii) i techniki oraz metodologii nauk przyrodniczych. Aktualnie interesuje go równieżfilozofia informatyki.


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